In the morning hours of Saturday, July 22, 2023, the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office along with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Custer Gallatin National Forest, and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fatal bear mauling on the Buttermilk Creek trail near West Yellowstone.
The victim was identified as 48-year-old Amie Adamson of Derby, Kansas. At the time of her death, Amie was hiking or running on the trail and would often do so in the early morning. After investigation, the bear attack did not appear to be predatory. Amie’s cause of death was determined to be exsanguination due to a bear mauling. The manner is accidental.
Sheriff Dan Springer wishes to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Amie Adamson during this time.