A hunter shot a female grizzly bear on Tuesday, September 26 in Beattie Gulch, close to the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park, outside of Gardiner, Montana.
The hunter was charged, and was able to shot the grizzly at close range, according the Montanan Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department (FWP).
On Tuesday, September 26, two hunters were walking through a popular hunting spot that is home to bison, deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, wolves, bighorn sheep and bears.
The hunter, who was charged, shared with FWP officials that he spotted a young grizzly that appeared to be a yearling cub in the area.
FWP officials found an animal carcass in the area and bear specialist, including game wardens determined the bear was likely acting defensively.
No humans were harmed in the incident.
This incident is still under investigation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“This is a reminder that Montana is grizzly bear country and it’s very important for hunters and other recreationists to be aware”, FWP Information Officer Morgan Jacobsen said. “Take precautions in any area west of Billings, Mt., the western two-thirds of the state.”
FWP recommends taking the following precautions when hunting:
- Carry bear spray and practice to be prepared to use it immediately.
- Look for bear signs and be cautious around creeks and areas with limited visibility.
- Hunt with a group of people. Making localized noise can help alert bears to your presence.
- Be aware that elk calls and cover scents can attract bears. Bring the equipment and people needed to help field dress game and remove the meat from the kill site as soon as possible.
- If you need to leave part of the meat in the field during retrieval, hang it at least 10 feet off the ground and at least 150 yards from the gut pile.
- Upon your return, observe the meat with binoculars. If it has been disturbed or if a bear is in the area, leave and call FWP.
In the lower 48, grizzly bears are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.