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Grizzly bear mauls Montana hunter in Custer Gallatin National Forest

A grizzly bear mauled a hunter in Montana on Friday, forcing wildlife officials to temporarily close part of Custer Gallatin National Forest as staff tried to locate the animal.

The hunter was tracking a deer with a hunting party when they encountered the grizzly around 1:45 p.m. Friday near Yellow Mule Trail, outside Big Sky, the Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue said in a news release. Big Sky is a popular resort area about 55 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

The bear was shot at and likely wounded during the encounter, the U.S. Forest Service said.

Multiple crews responded to the remote area where the hunter was attacked and airlifted them to Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center for further evaluation. No update on the extent of the hunter’s injuries or their current condition was immediately available. 

The adult female grizzly had also injured a person near Henrys Lake State Park in 2020, about 16 miles from West Yellowstone.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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