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.
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