Hunter Shoots and Injures Grizzly Bear

(Great Falls) – A hunter shot and wounded a grizzly bear on Tuesday near Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area near Fairfield after a surprise encounter happened on the morning of Sept. 12.

The hunter was walking along a shelter belt hunting for upland birds on private land when he was charged by the bear. The hunter fired twice with his shotgun at less than 15 feet, hitting the bear at least once and causing it to run off. The hunter was not injured in the encounter, which is still under investigation.

FWP bear management and law enforcement staff searched for the bear on foot, using drones, and with a helicopter, thoroughly covering more than 4 square miles. Although they found evidence that it was wounded, they have been unable to locate the bear and believe that it is likely it has left the immediate area.


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