Montana Bowhunter Bitten by Grizzly Bear
30 November 2003
KALISPELL, Mont. - A female grizzly bear charged, knocked
down and bit a bowhunter that came between the bear and her cub Sunday,
state Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials reported.
The man, whose name was not released by officials, was
flown to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. His condition was not released.
The man was bowhunting with two friends about a half miles
east of North Fork Road near Moran Creek when he ended up between the
grizzly and her cub in thick brush, said Tim Manley, the state's grizzly
bear management specialist in the Flathead.
"That's a very dangerous situation," Manley said. "She
felt she had to defend her cub." The bear charged the man, knocked him down,
bit him and took off, Manley said.
The two friends, who at the time of the mauling were about
70 yards away, called for help. Manley said the man was able to walk to the