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Mary Ann Hilston of Great Falls, MT, has filed an appeal to the Montana Supreme Court after a District Court judge in Great Falls dismissed her lawsuit against the state concerning the death of her husband, Timothy, who was attacked and killed by a grizzly bear and her two cubs in 2001 at the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area shortly after he shot an elk. Hilston argues that the state Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks was aware that grizzlies in the area were responding to gun shots like dinner bells yet failed to inform hunters—and are therefore responsible for her husband’s death.