By Viktoriya Smith
According to the press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, on May 17, at around 11:30 a.m., an adult woman was attacked by a bear in a remote section of the Cabinet Mountains south of Libby.
The woman reported the incident herself and FWP responded immediately to the report.
She was transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center by an ALERT Air Ambulance helicopter that met up with Libby Volunteer Ambulance in route to Kalispell along Hwy. 2.
According to the “GoFundMe” page, a fundraising account, injuries that Amber Kornak sustained are two skull fractures and severe lacerations to her head, neck, and back. When the bear attacked her from behind she was able to reach and spray the bear with the deterrent spray as well as herself. She did everything in her power to fight for her life. After the bear attack, she was able to hike a couple of miles to her vehicle and drive until she found help.
A follow up FWP press release was issued on Friday, May 18. It confirmed that the victim is a field assistant working on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grizzly bear project.
FWP Region 1 Wildlife Human Attack Response Team was notified and is investigating the scene. Trace evidence is being sent for analysis.
The type of bear involved in the incident remains unknown at this time.
FWP encourages all residents to secure attractants around their properties and use caution while recreating.