An elk hunter shot and killed a charging grizzly bear in the Badger-Two Medicine Area of the Rocky Mountain Front last week.
Laster was hunting in the Hall Creek area near Marias Pass, about 3 miles south of U.S. Highway 2 at approximately 9:40 a.m. Wednesday when he heard a commotion. He stopped, thinking he spooked an elk. Then he heard “huffing” sounds, and realized an angry sow grizzly was charging at him.
“I took the safety off and fired from the hip, and the bear landed at my feet,” Laster said.
The bear, which Laster shot in the shoulder, landed so close that he crawled backward, thinking it still might bite him.
Hunters have shot and killed at least eight grizzlies in self defense in the North Continental Divide Ecosystem this hunting season which ends Nov. 27. That is a higher number than usual, said Chris Servheen, grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.