A hunter has been mauled by a grizzly bear in the same Montana wilderness where three hunters were injured in two separate incidents last week, reports USA Today.
The hunter, from Ohio, was treated for unspecified injuries and released from the hospital after being attacked in the Gravelly Mountains on Tuesday, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The male hunter told FWP wardens and Madison County Sheriff’s deputies that he was ambushed by the bear as he walked through fallen timber. He said he fired his weapon at the bear until it fled, then located other members of his hunting party and sought medical attention.
The encounter occurred between the Coal Creek Drainage and the Eureka Basin Road, eight miles south of where the three hunters were attacked during two encounters 11 hours apart on Sept. 16. Those hunters were also hospitalized and released after receiving treatment for various injuries.
The FWP and U.S. Forest Service launched an investigation and cautioned hunters, hikers, and campers to avoid the area until the investigation is complete.
The FWP stated in a news release issued Wednesday that a search for the bear will continue through the week.