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Montana Navy veteran had jaw torn off in horrifying grizzly attack, family says

A Navy veteran who was mauled in a vicious grizzly bear attack on Friday in Montana is in critical but stable condition, his family has shared.

Rudy Noorlander, the owner and operator of Alpine Adventures in Big Sky, was assisting a hunting party in tracking a deer when he encountered two grizzly bears near Yellow Mule Trail. Left with no choice but to fight with his bare hands, Noorlander was seriously injured in the attack and had his jaw torn off by a 10-feet-tall bear. Big Sky is a popular resort area about 55 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

“My father is the bravest and strongest man I know,” daughter KateLynn Davis wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for Noorlander’s medical bills. 

Davis said that her father was contracted by a group of hunters to rent out some of his ATVs. When Noorlander learned the hunters had killed a deer but were unable to find it, “Rudy being the Good Samaritan that he is decided to help them search for it,” Davis recounted.

“Rudy is a Navy Veteran and has VA insurance but due to the surgeries and his time in the hospital he will need additional funding to help pay for his extensive medical bills,” Davis wrote in the GoFundMe post. 

She thanked those who have offered prayers or donated to the fundraiser, which has so far raised $16,410 toward its $25,000 goal.  

“I wish that I could respond to every single person but I just want to express how grateful I am for all the love and support,” Davis wrote on Facebook. “Thank you to every single person, the shares, the prayers and donations are all so so appreciated. My dad is doing better it’s going to be a long road, but he’s honestly the strongest and kindest person I know.”

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Chris Pandolfo is a writer for Fox News Digital. Send tips to chris.pandolfo@fox.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisCPandolfo.

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