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Mother Bear Attacks 69-Year-Old Montana Hunter

by Halle Ames
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Early yesterday morning, a man was bit by a bear in Big Sky, Montana. The attack was thought to be related to the location where a friend killed an animal days before. 

The 69-year-old man was walking near Flattop Mountain when he got too close to a mother bear and her cubs looking for food, says the new release from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. 

The older man suffered from injuries to his shoulder and hip. Numerous rescue teams, such as Big Sky Fire, search and rescue in Big Sky, Montana Highway Patrol, and the Yellowstone Club security, all assisted the man who walked away from the scene. 

The man was then taken to the Big Sky Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. 

The sheriff’s office released a statement saying that they have not identified if the bear was a grizzly or a black bear. Sheriff Brian Gootkin also said that hikers and hunters should be aware of bears searching the area for food during this time of the year. People should also carry bear repellent with them. 

Bear Aware

To avoid contact with these wild animals, residents should take the necessary precautions. 

Do not keep bird feeders or pet food out, and homeowners should secure trash bags. 

Keep a safe distance of 100 yards from the predator and try to scare it off your property with loud noises.

Livestock should be properly protected with electric fencing or an enclosed shed.

Fallen fruits should be picked up. 

Why is there an Increase in Sightings?

The increase in sightings could be attributed to the decrease in tourism and residents staying inside from the pandemic. In addition, a lack of food sources like berries and fish could be to blame.

According to Yellowstone Bear World, bears are also most active during September and October months. During this time the animal are preparing for their lengthy hibernation. 

If you encounter a bear, you should report it to 1-800-TIP-MONT

[H/T Bozeman Daily Chronicle]