Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the death of a grizzly bear from a reported self-defense shooting on Sinclair Creek Trail in the Kootenai National Forest east of Eureka.
An adult male was hunting alone when he reported a grizzly bear charging him on a forested trail on the morning of Nov. 7. He shot the bear and subsequently notified a Montana Game Warden. The bear was an adult female and was accompanied by a cub.
The incident remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
Bears are increasingly active in fall as they prepare for winter denning. FWP reminds recreationists to “Be Bear Aware” and follow precautionary steps to avoid conflicts, including making noise, especially in densely forested areas and near streams. Bear spray is an effective deterrent, and everyone is encouraged to carry it in the outdoors.
More safety information is available on the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website,fwp.mt.gov. Residents can call FWP regional offices to learn more about bears or to report bear activity. In northwest Montana, call (406) 752-5501.