CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Coming soon to a cable TV channel near you, a new reality show: "Bears Behaving Badly!"
Not really, but based on recent events, it could.
On Aug. 15, in four different states, bears attacked eight people and injured six. Two of the attacks involved grizzly bears, the other two black bears.
The first took place in northwest Wyoming, along Yellowstone National Park's Cygnet Lakes Trail, when four hikers came across a grizzly cub on the trail.
Before the hikers could retreat, the cub's mother burst out of some thick undergrowth and charged. During the attack, which lasted about a minute, the bear managed to claw and bite two people before it was driven away by pepper spray.
Yellowstone officials say all of the hikers returned to the trailhead without assistance from emergency personnel. None of the victims' injuries were life threatening, but one hiker was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The second attack occurred only half an hour later, 50 miles to the west, near Idaho's Island Park Reservoir.
Two researchers, working for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, were attacked near Island Park Reservoir in eastern Idaho. According to reports, the two men inadvertently walked up on a sleeping grizzly.
The bear charged one of the men, bit him on the bottom and turned to attack the other man. By then, the second fellow had grabbed a can of pepper spray but still got bitten on his hands as he turned the spray on the charging bruin.
Fellow workers took the two injured men to a nearby hospital for treatment.