BUTTE — Montana wildlife officials say a hunter who was attacked by a grizzly bear over the weekend shot and killed the animal.
The father of the 47-year-old Stevensville man reported hearing a gunshot just before finding his son with serious injuries on Sunday afternoon. The son was taken to a Seattle hospital for treatment. His name and condition have not been released.
On Monday, the father led a bear specialist, state game wardens and U.S. Forest Service rangers into the area of extreme southwestern Montana where the attack occurred while the men were hunting black bear.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokeswoman Andrea Jones says the 10-year-old male grizzly died of a gunshot wound near where the hunter was mauled.