THOMPSON FALLS - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say
that game wardens received a report on Tuesday that an archery
hunter was hunting elk in a drainage located off Prospect Creek when
the hunter observed a black bear.
FWP's John Fraley says the
hunter waited several hours after shooting the bear in an attempt to
make sure it was dead before he started tracking the animal. The
hunter found the wounded bear and it was still alive.
hunter shot the bear two more times with his bow and after the final
shot, the bear ran several yards down the hill into the non-hunting
companion of the archery hunter who had just arrived. The bear bit
his arm and after a brief struggle the bear died.
says the encounter happened within 100 yards of the road and the two
were able to quickly get back to their vehicles and drive to the
Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains where the man was treated for
his injuries and released.
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