Hunters Shoot Grizzly Bear, Bear Attacks

Grizzly bears are protected in the lower 48 states, meaning they can’t be hunted. Yet several hunters from Nevada were hunting black bears near the border of Idaho and Montana, and two of them went after a grizzly, assuming it was a black bear. Grizzlies are generally believed to be more aggressive, and this one was no exception. The hunters shot it and then started searching, after waiting to let it die. The bear wasn’t dead, though, and moved toward the hunters. One of them tried to distract it from attacking his buddy, so the bear changed course and mauled the other hunter, who later died from his injuries.

The men apparently recognized signs a grizzly bear might be in the area, and knew hunting grizzly is prohibited, but somehow they wound up shooting it anyway. The bear died after being shot multiple times. Later it was estimated to weigh about 400 hundred pounds. While the situation is a sad one for the hunter and his family, it also is for the bear and all the bears that are shot for no good reason. The grizzly that died was not known to be a problem or nuisance bear. The deaths took place in a remote, wild area and one study has indicated bears in such places are never the ones getting into trash or killing livestock. According to the study. it is the bears living near human communities that become habituated to the presence of people and their foods.

Undoubtedly, some people will interpret the loss of a bear life and a human life as karmic. In this case, the bear certainly had a right to defend itself from being killed for no reason. Getting too close to a wild grizzly bear, let alone shooting and tracking, is dangerous enough. It is easy to imagine grown men would be able to find other hobbies to enjoy, that don’t involve killing innocent wild animals.

In the days of Lewis and Clark there might have been as many as 50,000 wild grizzly bears roaming the Western states. Now there are only about 1,200-1,400 remaining, so every bear counts. The reason for the huge decline is habitat loss, and hunting by humans.

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114 comments

Penny B.
.3 years ago

I have absolutely no sympathy for the hunters, the grizzley should have gotten both of them before he died. Very sad about losing the bear.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege3 years ago

I have no sympathy for the hunters. They've been attacked? It serves them well.

Julia R.
Julia R.3 years ago

“Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.” ~His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Julia R.
Julia R.3 years ago

It's sad that the hunter lost his life, and I feel sorry for his family. But, this bear wasn't doing anything but just minding his own business and wanting to survive just as much as these hunters! It was them who went after the bear in the first place to shoot and kill him. He was just defending himself. What hunters don't seem to realize is that an animal's life means as much to him as our lives mean to us! "When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman." ~Joseph Wood Krutch

Julia R.
Julia R.3 years ago

It's sad that the hunter lost his life, and I feel sorry for his family. But, this bear wasn't doing anything but just minding his own business and wanting to survive just as much as these hunters! It was them who went after the bear in the first place to shoot and kill him. He was just defending himself. What hunters don't seem to realize is that an animal's life means as much to him as our lives mean to us! "When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman." ~Joseph Wood Krutch

KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Diarmuid Hanley
Diarmuid Hanley3 years ago

Yes, stupid men! I would guess that they knew it was a grizzly and wanted the prize. Sad for his family. I hope they learn a sad but big lesson. Maybe his sons, and daughters won't become hunters. Sad to loose another bear. And sad this guy was killed but, you make your bed, you lie in it..

Duane B.
.3 years ago

All senseless loss of life is to be mourned.

Annie S.
Annie Sousa3 years ago

Sorry but I just cannot find it in me to have any sympathy for the hunter

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege3 years ago

I don't feel sorry for the hunter at all. But I really do for the bear. How can people keep hunting endangered species - i.e. all species! It makes me sick.