Woman injured in grizzly bear attack near Gardiner
By: Dustin Klemann - MTN News
Grizzly Bear (MTN News file photo)
(BILLINGS) A woman was injured by a grizzly bear near Gardiner on Saturday, state officials said Monday.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks says it happened on a private ranch in the Tom Miner area north of Gardiner.
Wildlife officials said the woman and two companions were near the carcass of a domestic cow when the it happened.
When the bear made contact, the victim laid on her stomach to protect her vital organs.
She was bitten on her legs and back.
Her companions used bear spray to scare off the bear and stop the attack.
The woman - whose name has not been released - is being treated for her injuries.
This is the second attack in southwest Montana in a little over a week. On September 5th, an archery hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear in the south end of the Gravelly Range. The victim survived the incident. Click here for details.
"While these incidents were relatively far from each other, both involved bears feeding on carcasses," FWP officials stated. "In both cases, bear spray played an important role."
FWP says that these events should serve as a stark reminder that Montana is bear country. Hunters and others working and playing in bear country should be especially alert for grizzlies, carry bear spray, and know how to use it.