A 55-year old elk hunter was mauled Sunday morning by a female grizzly after surprising her and her two cubs on the Rocky Mountain Front.
The Montana resident was with a group hunting private land on the south fork of Willow Creek west of Choteau.
They had shot at elk, and about 9 a.m., he went into a creek bottom to see if there was a wounded elk when he surprised the grizzly at about 20 yards.
The bear attack lasted about 30 seconds and left him with multiple injuries. As other hunters in his party approached the scene the bears left unharmed.
FWP cannot release the hunter’s name until the investigation is complete.
The victim was transported by private vehicle to the Benefis Teton Medical Center in Choteau, then by Mercy flight to Benefis Hospital in Great Falls.