A 47-year-old man who was hunting for bears in Montana became the victim of a vicious attack by the animal he was attempting to hunt.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, hails from Stevensville, Montana — located in the southwestern portion of the state. According to NBC Montana, he was hunting nearby, on the north side of the Centennial Valley in the Fish Creek Lake area, along with his 68-year-old father. According to Reuters, the man’s father was not in the same location at the time of the attack but he heard a rifle shot and rushed to his son’s side after finding him severely injured.
Details of the incident are still relatively unknown as the victim and only witness of the attack is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Seattle, Washington and has thus far been unable to communicate.
The best estimate, however, is that the man was attacked by either a black bear or a grizzly.
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Although the animals can be dangerous when provoked by individuals — especially when it comes to territorial disputes — bear attacks are relatively uncommon. According to Backpacker.com, there have been 27 bear attacks in North America since 2000, resulting in 29 deaths. For comparison, 26 people are killed each year by dogs. Only one of the 29 bear deaths in this century thus far has occurred in Montana.