Hunters Kill Grizzly Bear in Self-Defense Encounter
October 20, 2021
A small group of hunters shot and killed a grizzly bear in the backcountry east of Gardiner on Oct. 3.
The hunters were processing a harvested elk near Bull Mountain during an early-season rifle hunt in Hunting District 316 when the bear appeared nearby and charged at the group. The hunters shot and killed the bear during its charge and were not injured. The bear was a 3- to 5-year-old female without cubs.
Wildlife and enforcement staff from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Custer Gallatin National Forest’s Gardiner Ranger District met with the hunters and confirmed the bear mort...