Man Mauled By Black Bear In Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Dept., Bear Hunting Magazine

Officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks have killed a black bear that attacked a man on Friday morning.

The man was attacked by a black bear at about 7:30 a.m. in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and airlifted to Kalispell Regional Medical Center for treatment were he is listed in stable condition with not life-threatening injuries.

The bear was located just 30 yards from where the attack took place and had pepper spray on its face and had blood on its claws. FWP regional supervisor Jim Satterfield said, "It's pretty extraordinary given the remote area that within about six hours we were able to actually dispatch the bear. And a lot of that's got to do with the Forest Service doing a fantastic job securing the site and keeping people out of the side so the bear remained."

Although officials are confident they killed the offending bear, they will continue the investigation and check the bears stomach contents and DNA.

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