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Washington man attacked by grizzly bear in Montana

A man from Washington was attacked by a grizzly bear in Montana on Tuesday, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

At about 1 p.m. on Oct. 11, the man and his wife encountered the bear while hunting for upland birds in a creek bottom east of Choteau.

According to the report, the bear charged the couple out of thick brush at close range.

The hunter shot the bear with a shotgun and a handgun, wounding the bear and stopping the attack.

The couple and their dogs left the area and notified authorities of the attack.

The 51-year-old hunter sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

After consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, authorities located and euthanized the 677-pound bear later that afternoon.

The bear had no history of human conflict and had never been handled by bear managers. Authorities believe the attack was the result of a surprise encounter.