Montana Man Recovering From Mauling

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Dept., Bear Hunting Magazine

A Salish Kootenai College student who was attacked and mauled by a grizzly bear last Friday near campus is recovering in a Kalispell hospital.

The injuries were serious, but not life-threatening. The victim was bitten in the head and arm and will require cosmetic surgery to repair tissue damage to his head and face.

Wildlife managers have chosen to not take any action against the bear, who reportedly retreated into the mountains following the attack and has not been spotted since. The sow was spotted with two yearling cubs and acted defensively after a surprise encounter with the male student.

The man was apparently hiking alone in a brushy area along Mud Creek when he surprised the bear, which charged and mauled him. He was not aware of the bear’s presence until after it began charging.

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