Montana Griz's Again!

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  1. LinuxLover

    LinuxLover Ba-nan-nah-nuh

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    .... must be the season....

    Fish & Wildlife - Region 3
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Bozeman — A man in his 60s was attacked by a grizzly bear Monday while mountain biking in the Spanish Peaks area near Big Sky in Gallatin County.

    The man, who was alone at the time of the attack, was able to walk out and get help from passing motorists. He was later flown to Billings for medical treatment and was in critical but stable condition Monday evening.

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks was notified of the attack shortly after 1 p.m. Monday. FWP wardens and bear specialists responded, with help from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, and confirmed that it was a grizzly bear that attacked the man. Initial details indicate the attack was spurred by a surprise close encounter between the man and the bear and was not predatory.

    This incident is still under investigation.

    The trail where the attack occurred is on private land, and FWP has worked with the landowner to close the trail at this time.

    FWP reminds everyone to be prepared to handle a bear encounter when recreating outside in western Montana. The nature of certain activities that are deliberately quiet or fast moving, such as hunting, mountain biking and trail running, puts recreationists at an increased risk for surprising a bear. Take precautions to make your presence known when you’re in bear country.

    Some recommended tips for avoiding negative encounters with bears include:

    • Be aware of your surroundings and look for bear sign.
    • Carry and know how to use bear spray.
    • Travel in groups and make noise whenever possible to better avoid surprising a bear.
    • Stay away from animal carcasses.
    • Follow U.S. Forest Service food storage regulations.
    • If you encounter a bear, never approach it. Back away slowly and leave the area.
    For more information on bear safety, visit fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/livingWithWildlife/beBearAware.
     
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  2. First shot

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    The man was very fortunate to be able to “walk out”.. Those beasts can tear you up in a NY minute... As for the recommendation to “back away slowly”, I’ve no doubt that it’s correct, but Man O Man, it would be hard not to “run like hell”... Yikes!!!
     
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  3. sourdough44

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    If not trying to view wildlife or hunting, a little noise would be good. I remember an article about a guy who raised black bears. He said even a small one is powerful, scrappy, & can cause damage.

    Glad he made it. Since he’s likely to recover, I doubt there will be much effort to go looking for the bear.