Former Monroe Co. deputy survives bear attack

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A former Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy survived a grizzly bear attack in Wyoming.

According to the Bloomington Herald-Times, 50-year-old David Goodrich was hunting in Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness when he and his guide came across a grizzly bear last Thursday. They tried to run away, but the bear chased after them.

Goodrich broke his leg after falling, and the bear bit him in the abdomen. The hunting guide shot at the bear four times before it ran off. The guide called in the attack, and a search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to retrieve both men.

Goodrich suffered a broken femur and abdominal puncture wounds. Despite the injuries, he was listed in good condition at St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyo., according to the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The newspaper said the attack was the fifth one involving a bear this year in the Greater Yellowstone area.

Goodrich lives in Lafayette but worked at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office from 1999 to 2011. He was named officer of the year in 2008 after jumping into Lake Monroe to save a woman who’d driven off the road. As her car sank, Goodrich managed to find her in the dark, bringing her to safety.