Kalispell, Montana

From Butte’s The Montana Standard of September 9, 2007

Bear wounded after charging bow hunter

A bear feeding on the carcass of a grizzly bear in northwestern Montana was shot after charging a bow hunter that apparently startled it, state wildlife officials said.

Game wardens tracked the wounded bear’s blood trail for four miles, but were unable to locate it.

The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is warning hunters and others planning to be in the South Fork of Canyon Creek in the North Fork Flathead drainage that the wounded bear may be in the area.

The bow hunter shot the bear with a pistol Thursday evening. FWP Warden Perry Brown and biologist Tim Manley tracked the wounded bear Friday, following a blood trail for three or four miles before losing it. Biologists don’t know if it was a black bear or a grizzly.

It’s questionable whether the bear would survive the substantial blood loss, but the agency wanted to warn recreationists.

Brown said there was evidence the dead grizzly died several days earlier and may have been killed illegally.

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