3 hunters have been injured in two separate grizzly bear attacks in the exact same region of southwestern Montana significantly less than 12 hours apart, wildlife officials stated.
Investigators have been attempting yesterday to establish no matter whether the exact same bear was involved in the surprise encounters in the Gravelly Mountains, an region frequented by grizzlies about 70 miles southwest of Bozeman, stated Morgan Jacobsen, a spokesman with Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Other hunters in the region have been getting asked to leave pending the outcome of the investigation. It would be uncommon but not unprecedented for a single bear to be involved in back-to-back attacks.
The very first attack occurred Monday about 7:30 a.m. when two elk hunters have been charged by a bear west of Black Butte, the highest peak in the Gravelly variety.
The grizzly injured each guys prior to they have been in a position to drive it away. They later sought out healthcare therapy on their personal immediately after traveling to the smaller town of Ennis, Jacobsen stated.
At six:30 p.m. and significantly less than a mile away from the very first attack, two hunters encountered a grizzly and 1 was injured, Jacobsen stated. In that case, as well, the hunters have been in a position to drive away the animal and get the injured man to assistance. He was treated in Sheridan and later in Butte.
The extent of the hunters’ injuries was unknown. All have been from out of state, Jacobsen stated.
Irrespective of whether any action will be taken against the bear or bears involved will rely on situations that are nevertheless below investigation.
The grizzly population in and about Yellowstone National Park, which consists of the Gravelly variety, has enhanced from an estimated 136 bears when they have been granted federal protection in the mid-1970s to about 700 currently.