Woman mauled to death by massive grizzly bear on hike in popular national park

A helpless woman has been savagely mauled to death by a massive bear as she hiked in a popular national park.

The woman's remains were discovered off a trail on the Custer Gallatin National Forest, near Yellowstone National Park, US.

It is understood that she came into contact with the wild grizzly bear while walking the trail on Saturday (July 22).

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In a statement, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said that over the weekend the woman’s dead body was discovered near the small Montana town.

Following an investigation, the officials believe she was killed "following an apparent bear encounter".

Though investigations continue, officials confirmed they found grizzly bear tracks at the scene

Rangers issued an emergency closure of the area around the suspected attack, which is popular with hikers according to The Mirror.

Though the department's statement said the death appeared to have followed the woman's interaction with the bear, it did not confirm her cause of death.

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The attack comes amid a rise in Montana's grizzly bear population and an increase in sightings.

The department put out a news release last week warning visitors that staff had confirmed grizzly bear sightings throughout the state, "particularly in areas between the Northern Continental Divide and the Great Yellowstone ecosystems."

They implored those camping and visiting parks to carry bear spray, store their food while outside and tend to their rubbish.

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