May 19, 2020 Shadow of the Rockies

Man injured in grizzly bear attack on Sun River

A man was attacked by a female grizzly bear on Sunday morning near the Sun River. The attack left the man with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

The man was part of a group who were floating and camping on the Sun River, west of Augusta. The group was packing up their campsite when the attack occurred at about 8:30 a.m. After stepping into some brush, the man found himself between the female grizzly and her 2-year-old cub. 

 

The group was able to call 911, and the man was carried out by helicopter and taken to a hospital.

 

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks investigated the scene and determined the bear acted as expected during a surprise encounter with a human. Because the bear exhibited what is considered normal and expected behavior, no further action is planned.

 

Grizzlies can be found throughout western Montana, not just the Rocky Mountain Front, Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Yellowstone Ecosystem.  In recent years, grizzly bear populations have expanded, and bears are re-colonizing historic ranges.

 

If you are camping in bear country, follow these guidelines:

 

Camp away from trails and areas where you see grizzly signs.

 

Keep a clean camp at all times. Keep tents and sleeping bags free of odors.

Avoid cooking smelly foods.

 

Hang all food, trash and other odorous items well away from camp and at least 10 feet above ground and 4 feet from any vertical support, or store in a bear-proof container. Livestock feed should be treated the same as human food.

 

Don’t sleep in the same clothes you wore while cooking or eating.

 

Anglers also need to practice safe behavior in bear country:

 

Don’t leave fish entrails on shorelines of lakes and streams.

 

Sink entrails in deep water.

If you don’t properly dispose of entrails you increase danger to yourself and to the next person to use the area.