Report on Soda Butte bear attacks released

2010-08-16T13:40:00Z 2011-10-26T16:13:59Z Report on Soda Butte bear attacks releasedBRETT FRENCH Of The Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A grizzly bear consumed a "significant portion" of the torso of a Michigan man fatally mauled by the grizzly last month, according to a 70-page U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report released today.

Two other people were injured the same morning at at Cooke City-area campground by the same bear, a grizzly sow with three yearling cubs. The sow was euthanized and the cubs are now housed at ZooMontana in Billings.

The report speculates that the events slowly escalated from the first attack, where the bear fled after being punched, to serious injury to a Canadian woman's arm, to the fatal mauling.

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