ENDANGERED WILDLIFE — Here's another big twist to the story about the hunter attacked and by a grizzly bear after it had been mistaken for a black bear and wounded in a remote area of extreme northwestern Montana.
The hunter who died during a grizzly bear attack was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest, the Montana State Crime Lab medical examiner announced today. Initial reports suggested the man was killed by the bear.
Steve Stevenson, 39, was killed when his hunting partner, Ty Bell, shot the bear multiple times in an attempt to stop the bear’s attack on Stevenson, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. One of the rounds struck Stevenson in the chest. The breaking story has just been posted by S-R reporter Chelea Bannach.
Here's the perspective the S-R published last week from the father of the young hunter who shot the bear.