Posted: Apr 15, 2013 8:51 PM by Dax VanFossen - MTN News
KALISPELL - A turkey hunter had a very close encounter with a female grizzly bear and her cubs on Saturday but was not attacked. Following the encounter, a Kalispell bear manager set a camera up in the area and managed to capture this exclusive footage of another large male Grizzly in the same spot. The hunter was walking along, and spotted a deer carcass.
He heard something and looked up to see a grizzly charging him at close range. The hunter fired his shotgun at the grizzly from about 10 yards away, but did not hit it. Bear Manager Tim Manley used the same carcass and set this camera up, but this time captured another 400-500 pound male grizzly.
"The bear was charging him at about 10 yards. We don't know if it was a false charge or a true charge and fired his shotgun in the bears direction. From everything that we could find out, the bear was not hit. Actually we got a call from another hunter in that area, that the next day, saw tracks that fit the description of these bears, a large adult and two younger bears." Said John Fraley of the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
The hunter that saw the bear tracks on Sunday, did not report seeing any blood, but definitely confirmed the encounter.