A group of hunters killed a charging grizzly bear on October 3, 2021. The hunters were in the processing of breaking down an elk they had harvested in Hunting District 316 when the bear appeared. The bear charged the hunters at that point. As a result, the hunters deployed their sidearms to defend themselves. The hunters were able to kill the bear before its charge found them.
This incident took place near Bull Mountain during the early-season rifle hunt. FWP officials and rangers Custer-Gallatin National Forest’s Gardiner District met with the hunters after the incident. After investigating the area officials believe the bear was a 3-5 year-old female grizzly. There was zero evidence to believe that the bear had any cubs. Likewise, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is also investigating the incident. Management authority for grizzlies rests with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, working closely in Montana with FWP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, the Forest Service, and Tribal lands.
Bear-Human Encounters Increasing?
This year, we at Ehuntr.com have covered several grizzly attacks in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. As the grizzly bears’ range continues to grow it is likely we will see more human-grizzly conflicts. Below we will list several of the articles we have covered for you to read.
- Recently, Wyoming hunters were attacked by a grizzly, you can read more by clicking here.
- Idaho hunter defends himself and his hunting partner by killing a charging grizzly, you can read more by clicking here.
- California woman is killed by a grizzly in Montana while camping, you can read more by clicking here.
- Mountain biker is chased by a grizzly in Idaho, you can read more by clicking here.
- Charles Mock, of West Yellowstone, is attacked and killed about 6 miles north of town, you can read more by clicking here.
If you’d like to read more about this particular attack, you can click here.