A Washington couple had an unexpected encounter with a grizzly while they were bird hunting in Montana.
The attack on the 51-year-old husband and wife, who were out hunting for upland birds in Montana’s southeast Glacier National Park, occurred Oct. 11. According toOfficials from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
As the pair were hunting on private property with their dog, the man flushed the brush awaiting a bird when the large bear came charging out, said Dave Hagengruber, a spokesperson for the wildlife department, according to the Associated Press.
According to the FWP, the hunter used both his shotgun as well as his handgun to shoot at the 677-pound bear. The bear was wounded and stopped its attack.
According to FWP officials, after consulting with U.S Fish and Wildlife Services officials, local officials returned to the site later that day to find and euthanize bear.
Washington hunter, who sustained minor injuries in the attack, fled the scene with his dog and partner after calling the authorities, according to FWP officials.