A Great Falls man is claiming a grizzly bear attack last summer led to him violating his parole.

Flathead District Court Judge Robert Allison on March 9 revoked the two-year suspended sentence for Steven Boyd, 48, as a result of three reports of parole violation.

Parole officer Kenny LaMere alleged that Boyd lost his employment without notifying him, moved from his residence without notifying him, and failed to report altogether after August 2016.

Boyd denied moving from his residence and claimed that he had only been suspended indefinitely from his job.

While Boyd admitted to failing to stay in contact with his parole officer after August, he said he had been recovering from a grizzly bear attack that occurred while he was berry picking near Teton Pass in Choteau.

“He hit me like a Volkswagen with fur,” Boyd told the court. 

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