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Fisherman Kills Grizzly Bear in Self-Protection Close to Yellowstone


An angler shot and killed a charging male grizzly bear close to Yellowstone Nationwide Park whereas fishing with a pal on Aug. 30. Officers concluded that the bear was shot in self-defense, and it marked the second such capturing to happen in Montana in solely 4 days. On Aug. 26 two hunters shot a charging feminine grizzly bear whereas scouting on public land close to Whitefish.

The pair of anglers have been fishing on a privately owned stretch of Tom Miner Creek on Wednesday when the incident occurred, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks experiences. The duo was mountain climbing via dense brush once they immediately noticed the bear. The shock nature of the encounter doubtless triggered the bear to cost the anglers. One angler shot and killed the bear; neither angler was injured within the encounter. Officers proceed to research the incident.

Tom Miner Basin lies roughly 15 miles because the crow flies from the north entrance of Yellowstone Nationwide Park in Gardiner, Montana. It’s effectively throughout the Larger Yellowstone Ecosystem, one among six designated grizzly bear restoration areas. The GYE is residence to over 1,000 bears.

The Aug. 26 incident occurred in northern Montana’s Whitefish Vary within the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, one other one of many six designated restoration areas. The NCDE has the biggest grizzly bear inhabitants of the six areas, projected at over 1,100 bears. Two males from Whitefish have been scouting for the upcoming searching season in Flathead Nationwide Forest once they encountered the tagged, 25-year-old feminine grizzly along with her cub. They got here inside 15 ft of the bear, MFWP experiences. The sow, who had no prior report of battle, charged the lads. They each fired pictures that killed the bear. Amid the chaos, one of many males shot the opposite within the shoulder. He was taken to a close-by hospital and handled for the wound.

MFWP investigated the incident and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded it was a self-defense state of affairs. The cub ran off within the encounter.

The spate of incidents have occurred as Montana outdoorsmen and girls absorb the yr’s waning heat days and put together for upcoming searching seasons. (Montana’s archery season opened on Sept. 2.) On the similar time, the state’s grizzly bears are coming into hyperphagia. That is once they eat as a lot as doable to placed on weight for the winter. Hyperphagia kicks in as the times shorten and the local weather cools all through September.

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“Grizzly bears have the potential to be discovered anyplace within the western two-thirds of Montana (west of Billings), and their distribution is denser and extra widespread than in earlier years,” FWP warns. “Some areas with dense concentrations of grizzly bears are very accessible to hunters, particularly through the archery season.”


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