Missoula man recovering after grizzly bear attack


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BOZEMAN — A Missoula man is recovering from injuries he received after being attacked by a grizzly bear over the weekend in one of two incidents reported in southwest Montana.

The man suffered what are described as minor injuries after being attacked while bow hunting Saturday afternoon near the Cabin Creek area, north of Hebgen Lake.

Family members tell MTN News that the Missoula man, who does not want to be identified, is now recovering from the attack at home. The man’s father says that the victim tried to use bear spray on the grizzly, but the spray did not work.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks presume the bear involved in the attack was a male grizzly. “The hunter was bugling for elk and the bear went right into his bugle,” said FWP spokesman Bob Gibson.

The second incident occurred Sunday on the north side of the Tom Miner Basin, north of Gardiner when a man was mauled by a bear and suffered bite wounds.

“There’s no such thing as a good bear bite, but I don’t think his was that serious,” said Gibson. “I don’t believe he even stayed overnight at the hospital.”

The man’s hunting partner reported that the bear was a female grizzly with two cubs.

Gibson said there’s no reason to believe the bears were injured, and it’s also not suspected the bears were acting in a predatory manner, so it’s unlikely they will be sought by wildlife officials.

“They acted out of surprise in their own home,” said Gibson.

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