Yellowstone National Park sign

A 10-year-old boy was injured by a bear Thursday morning in Yellowstone National Park southeast of Old Faithful, the park announced in a release Thursday.

The boy suffered an injured wrist, puncture wounds to the back and wounds around the butt, according to the release. He was taken to Big Sky Medical Center.

The boy was walking with his family on the Divide Trail when the bear charged out of vegetation toward the family, the release said. The boy ran away. The bear chased him and knocked him to the ground.

His parents sprayed bear spray about 5 feet from the animal’s face, causing it to shake its head and leave the area.

The Spring Creek and Divide trails are temporarily closed as law enforcement and bear managers investigate the incident and look for bear signs around the area, the release said. The species is unknown.

It was the first reported bear attack in Yellowstone since 2015.

Michael Wright can be reached at or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

Michael Wright covers the environment and wildlife issues for the Chronicle.

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