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Hiker attacked by grizzly west of Conrad

Posted at 11:19 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 13:28:40-04

A man was attacked by a grizzly bear west of Conrad Wednesday evening.

The Pondera County Sheriff’s Office received a report around 9:00 p.m. on Apr. 8 for a hiker that was mauled near Dupuyer.

The man was able to fend off the bear and get medical help, but the extent of his injuries are not being released at this time.

As of Thursday morning, Montana Fish, Wild and Parks officials are actively searching for the bear.

The grizzly may have been shot. Dupuyer area residents are asked to stay safe and report any bear sighting to law enforcement.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are asking people to take extra precautions now that bears are emerging from hibernation and venturing out looking for food.

Anyone recreating in bear country is highly encouraged to have bear spray.

Proper use of bear spray has proven to be the best method for reducing the severity of a bear attack and fending off threatening or attacking bears.

We will have more on this story as information becomes available.