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BOZEMAN — Wildlife officials say a female grizzly bear died after a Pennsylvania hunter defending himself and his companion shot the animal north of Yellowstone National Park.
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks said it confirmed the bow hunters’ report. They said the bear charged them Saturday in the Tom Miner Basin, stopped within 9 feet of them after bear spray was used, charged again and was shot. One of the hunters fired a pistol twice.
“It happened just like they said it did,” said Warden Capt. Sam Sheppard of the state agency. “It’s self defense. The matter is closed.”
Sheppard said that without the spray, the bear probably would have mauled one of the men. The spray is not foolproof, but “it’s still the best thing going,” he said.