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Hunter mistakenly kills grizzly bear near Libby

November 22, 2011

By Mark Thorsell, KPAX.com

A man who mistakenly shot a grizzly bear in northwest Montana has been fined and must perform 30 hours of community service.

John Fraley with Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks reports that the incident happened in the Bear Creek drainage area near Libby on November 13th and that the hunter contacted FWP and turned himself in to officials.

Fraley says in a news release that the hunter cooperated with authorities and took FWP personnel to the bear.

FWP officials identified the bear as a collared male grizzly.

The hunter said that he was following a set of bear tracks over a hill and saw a dark-colored bear in the timber.

He thought it was a black bear, so he shot it, according to FWP.

The hunter pleaded guilty in Lincoln County Justice court to hunting during a closed season, received a $735 fine and must also perform 30 hours of community service.

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