Elk NetworkHunter Kills Grizzly in Montana

General | September 29, 2023

Below is a news release from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

A hunter killed a grizzly bear in an encounter in Beattie Gulch, an area north of Gardiner, Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park.

The hunter was reportedly charged by the bear before shooting and killing the bear at close range in self-defense. The hunter was not injured.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received a report of the incident the same day. FWP staff and staff from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service visited the site and confirmed the bear mortality. An animal carcass was found nearby, and FWP bear specialists and game wardens determined the bear was likely acting defensively.

This incident is still under investigation by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

(Photo credit: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks)