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September 20, 2011

Hunter Mistakenly Shoots Grizzly, Killed by Wounded Bear

By David Maccar

Two hunters going after black bears along the Idaho-Montana border mistakenly shot a grizzly and one of the men paid with his life. Steve Stevenson, 39, of Nevada yelled to draw the wounded, 400-pound grizzly away from his hunting partner when it charged them and was mauled to death.

From this story on Missoulan.com:
"They both shot it and it kept coming," Steve Stevenson's mom, Janet Price, said on Saturday. "Steve yelled at it to try and distract it, and it swung around and took him down. It's what my son would have done automatically, for anybody."

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office in Montana said Stevenson, of Winnemucca, Nev., died Friday after 20-year-old Ty Bell wounded what he thought was a black bear and the two men tracked it into thick cover along the Idaho-Montana border where it attacked at about 10 a.m. Friday.


The two were members of a four-member hunting party from Winnemucca that had been going after black bears in the mountainous, heavily forested region near the Canadian border when the attack occurred. It's unclear if the attack happened in Idaho or Montana. The sheriff's office said GPS coordinates put the attack directly on the state line.

Authorities said Bell used his cell phone to call for help after the attack, but Stevenson died from his injuries. Stevenson's family said he was an active outdoorsman who had made previous hunting trips to the area. He worked as a gold and silver miner for a company called Hycroft, said his stepfather, Christopher Price. Stevenson was married and had two daughters, ages 14 and 10…

...Fraley said the grizzly was one of about 45 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates live in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem Area in northwest Montana and northern Idaho. Fraley said the bear is being taken to the agency's lab in Bozeman for a necropsy...

...Janet Price said the hunters had the necessary licenses to hunt black bears in both states and had decided to hunt in pairs after spotting what they thought were signs of a grizzly bear in the area. She said they planned to leave the area if they spotted one. Janet Price said that after Bell shot the bear, the two hunters waited until they thought the bear had died and then tracked it into thick cover.

"They tracked the bear into an area of heavy cover where Mr. Stevenson was attacked by the wounded grizzly bear," Lincoln County Undersheriff Brent Faulkner said in a news release late Friday. "Mr. Bell was able to shoot the bear multiple times, eventually killing it." Fraley said Montana hunters are required to take a black bear-grizzly bear identification program. He said identifying them can be difficult, and that the two species typically behave differently...

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from Steward wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Horrible

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from davycrockettfv wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

This is exactly why I have ZERO desire to hunt bears!

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from jbird wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

What a terrible tragedy.

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from Joe Derringer wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

terrible tragedy

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from wp wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Truly a tragic story. Hopefully a reality check for the rest of us who will be out there this season.

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from dasmith wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

A sad tale with a unhappy ending. One true friend did sacrifice himself and saved his buddy. Another reason for people to carry a rifle of a caliber for grizzly, when hunting black bear in grizzly country.

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from hutter wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

Sorry but being stupid can kill ya!!

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from blackjac wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I've hunted and killed several black bears over the past 10 years in British Columbia a Ontario, always with a guide who was either with me or posted me over bait in Ontario (awful experience, bear(s)come to bait, shoot, stay put until guide returns)Not a great way to "hunt", last time we ever book a hunt there. BC is another story, you basically drive to the numerious lumber clear cuts and glass/stalk your bear. Black bears are timid, will run away if they scent you, their eyesight is poor but sence of smell fantastic. It's unclear how far the grizz shot was taken andin what kind of cover. I gather it was dense cover. A 400 lb griz and a big black bear look pretty much the same if you are lookin at their rear ends. It might have been a quick "grab" shot in the excitement, who knows. Either bear will take off fast, the black will keep going till it drops or climbs a tree.On the other hand, per my guide, a grizz will run for cover and wait, NO BS!, it knows it's been hurt and will ambush you if still alive. I'll never forget the guide telling me "this animal will wait and kill you!!I elected not to shoot a grizz based on the $10K tag fee plus fee's paid to the "Crown". One of our group was put on a grizz and pulled the shot---gut shot him early AM. All hunting ended at that point for everyone hunting that day. Next AM 5 guides (NO HUNTERS) returned to the site to track the wounded/dead bear, they were pissed off to say the least. They tracked the bear--it circled around them and was sniffing around their pick up truck..in their opinion waiting for them!!! They put the bear down. Never forget these are wild animals and you're on their turf! Our prayers to the dead hunters family and to all of you to hunt safely.

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

There's an update to this news story.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/in-bear-attack-hunter-killed-h...

The Griz did not kill the hunter, it was the other hunter that shot his partner!

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from Steward wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Horrible

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from davycrockettfv wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

This is exactly why I have ZERO desire to hunt bears!

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from jbird wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

What a terrible tragedy.

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from Joe Derringer wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

terrible tragedy

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from wp wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Truly a tragic story. Hopefully a reality check for the rest of us who will be out there this season.

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from dasmith wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

A sad tale with a unhappy ending. One true friend did sacrifice himself and saved his buddy. Another reason for people to carry a rifle of a caliber for grizzly, when hunting black bear in grizzly country.

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from blackjac wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I've hunted and killed several black bears over the past 10 years in British Columbia a Ontario, always with a guide who was either with me or posted me over bait in Ontario (awful experience, bear(s)come to bait, shoot, stay put until guide returns)Not a great way to "hunt", last time we ever book a hunt there. BC is another story, you basically drive to the numerious lumber clear cuts and glass/stalk your bear. Black bears are timid, will run away if they scent you, their eyesight is poor but sence of smell fantastic. It's unclear how far the grizz shot was taken andin what kind of cover. I gather it was dense cover. A 400 lb griz and a big black bear look pretty much the same if you are lookin at their rear ends. It might have been a quick "grab" shot in the excitement, who knows. Either bear will take off fast, the black will keep going till it drops or climbs a tree.On the other hand, per my guide, a grizz will run for cover and wait, NO BS!, it knows it's been hurt and will ambush you if still alive. I'll never forget the guide telling me "this animal will wait and kill you!!I elected not to shoot a grizz based on the $10K tag fee plus fee's paid to the "Crown". One of our group was put on a grizz and pulled the shot---gut shot him early AM. All hunting ended at that point for everyone hunting that day. Next AM 5 guides (NO HUNTERS) returned to the site to track the wounded/dead bear, they were pissed off to say the least. They tracked the bear--it circled around them and was sniffing around their pick up truck..in their opinion waiting for them!!! They put the bear down. Never forget these are wild animals and you're on their turf! Our prayers to the dead hunters family and to all of you to hunt safely.

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

There's an update to this news story.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/in-bear-attack-hunter-killed-h...

The Griz did not kill the hunter, it was the other hunter that shot his partner!

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from hutter wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

Sorry but being stupid can kill ya!!

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