Grizzly That Attacked 3 Montana Hunters Not To Be Euthanized

A grizzly bear sow that attacked two Montana hunters did nothing wrong and will not be euthanized, according to Montana … Continued

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A grizzly bear sow that attacked two Montana hunters did nothing wrong and will not be euthanized, according to Montana FW&P officials.

From this story on kxlf.com:

A grizzly bear that attacked two hunters in Madison County over the weekend appeared to be acting in self-defense, according to a Fish, Wildlife and Parks official. “There are no plans to do anything with this bear just because this was a surprise encounter. This bear was doing what a bear does, she was defending her cubs. And there’s just nothing that needs to be done in this case,” FWP spokesperson Andrea Jones said.

_”That area has a high potential for running into grizzlies,” Jones added. On Saturday, three men were hunting in a wooded area of the north fork of the Bear Creek near Cameron in the Madison Range when they surprised a sow grizzly and two cubs, according to Madison County Undersheriff Roger Thompson. The sow grabbed one of the men but dropped him when his hunting partner yelled. The sow then went to the second man, picked him up and dropped him, then she and the two cubs ran off, according to Thompson.

One of the victims, a 16-year-old male from Helmville, suffered a bite to the leg and was unable to walk out. The second victim, a 41-year-old man from Manhattan, suffered a bite to the shoulder. A third man who was with them was not injured. Horses were used to get the injured men out of the area. They were taken to an Ennis hospital._

Thoughts? Good decision to spare the bear?