GREAT FALLS, Mt. (AP) – A nearly 700-pound grizzly bear charged through thick brush southeast of Glacier National Park, attacking and injuring a bird hunter before the man shot the animal, officials said Wednesday Montana wildlife officials.
The 51-year-old Washington state man, whose name and hometown have not been released, suffered non-life-threatening injuries after meeting Tuesday afternoon at the bottom from a creek east of the town of Choteau, Montana department officials said. fish, wildlife and parks.
The man and his wife were hunting on private property when their dogs showed up, said Dave Hagengruber, spokesman for the state wildlife department. He went bird hunting when the 677-pound male bear charged out of brush, knocked the man over and stepped on him, Hagengruber said.
The man shot the bear with a shotgun and handgun, wounding the animal, which returned to cover in thick brush, wildlife officials said.
The couple and their dogs left and notified the authorities.
The grizzlies are protected under federal endangered species law, but state and federal wildlife officials ruled the bear should be euthanized due to its injuries. A drone was used to locate the bear, Hagengruber said.
The man did not suffer any claw or bite marks, but spent Tuesday night in the hospital, Hagengruber said.
The bear had no known history of human conflict and had never been handled by bear handlers, officials said. Evidence on the site suggested the attack was the result of a surprise encounter.
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