The Bear Files: Grizzly kills hunter, Livingston 1912
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: November 30, 2019

Long before the invention of bear spray, modern firearms, the protection of the grizzlies, and the politicization and debate surrounding the creatures, the rhetoric around the animals was mostly pioneer vs. grizzly bear. That can be seen in a May 5, 1912 article from the Butte Minter that detailed the attack of John Austin, a hunter in his 50s who suddenly encountered a grizzly on Crevasse Mountain. The hunter shot the bear, but it was not fatal, and died after the bear mauled his head. Another man shot the bear as it mauled him.


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