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Hunter Attacked by Grizzly in Stable Condition

Posted on the 05 June 2014 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal

by Angela Brandt / Exposing the Big Game

Authorities say a Stevensville man attacked by a grizzly bear is in stable but serious condition.

The man, whose name has not been released, remains hospitalized in Seattle with non-life-threatening injuries, said Andrea Jones, information and education manager with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Bozeman.

The 47-year-old man was hunting in the CentennialValley with his father on Sunday when he was mauled by a 10-year-old male grizzly. A crew of wildlife officials found the bear dead of a gunshot wound.

The hunter’s father reported hearing a gunshot just before finding his son with serious injuries. An investigation into the incident remains active.

On Monday, a team of officials, including a bear specialist, game wardens and people with the Forest Service to the remote area where the attack occurred. The Stevensville man and his father were hunting black bear in the Fish Creek Lake area in extreme southwestern Montana when the attack happened. Jones said the mauling happened five miles from their campsite in rugged terrain.

Once stabilized, the man was eventually flown to Seattle.

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