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Investigation underway after grizzly bear found dead near Eureka

Grizzly Bears
Posted at 10:39 AM, Nov 12, 2019

KALISPELL — Wildlife officials are investigating an incident that left a grizzly bear dead in Northwest Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the death of a grizzly bear from a reported self-defense shooting on Sinclair Creek Trail in the Kootenai National Forest east of Eureka.

An adult male was hunting alone when he reported a grizzly bear charging him on a forested trail on the morning of Nov. 7. He shot the bear and subsequently notified a Montana game warden, according to a news release. The bear was an adult female and was accompanied by a cub.

The incident remains under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.

Bears are increasingly active in fall as they prepare for winter denning. FWP reminds recreationists to “Be Bear Aware” when traveling in Montana's backcountry.