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Another Montana grizzly attack


Montana Grizzly Bear
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Remember to always carry bear spray or a handgun when you’re out in bear country. A female adult grizzly bear attacked two hunters while they were hunting in the Spotted Bear Wilderness in the Flathead Valley in Montana last weekend. Neither carried bear spray and, instead, were fortunate enough to walk away from the attack thanks to the father’s quick thinking.

Reports state that the father and his adult son were hunting black bears on the east side of the Hungry Horse Reservoir near the Dry Park area when a grizzly bear charged them, attacking the son and grabbing his right arm at the elbow. The father shot the bear, causing the bear to release the son and try to attack the father, reports. The father shot the bear again at close range; the bear ran off.

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Both are currently recuperating from their injuries.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Wildlife Human Attack Response Team located the attack site and discovered the dead female grizzly bear near it on Sept. 25, 2017. The bear was “approximately 12 years old, 250 lbs and in good condition,” reports.

While the father’s quick thinking saved them, carrying bear spray or a handgun can save your life. All bears are active right now as they prepare for hibernation. Anyone hunting, hiking or camping in bear country should be prepared.


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Erik S. - posted 9 months ago on 10-01-2017 08:40:58 am

@Aaron, yes if you are a perfect marksman with a handgun its possible to be more effective than bear spray. There are just too many different scenarios with bear attacks, a bear shot in the wrong spot with a 44 mag could easily take a dozen bites out of your skull before it expires.

Aaron J. - posted 9 months ago on 09-30-2017 10:51:17 am

Carrying a 44 mag can also save your life. A dead grizzly bold enough to attack two grown men, both men alive because they shot the bear, sounds like the best ending.

I decided to carry a 44 mag in grizzly country after reading all the stories about maulings despite unloading a can of bear spray and even the bear spray manufacturer disclaimers that "bear spray is known to lessen the severity of bear attacks." Think about that for a moment and consider the damage a bear can do to a human in 30 seconds.

Erik S. - posted 9 months ago on 09-29-2017 08:30:39 am

Is this the 4th, 5th, or how many gizz attacks this year alone? Its hard to keep up with lately. My first hunting trip in SW Montana is this November, although grizz would never detour me its good to be informed and I will def. be carrying bear spray.