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Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 1:01 p.m.

Bear spray credited with warding off grizzly attack

Bear spray must be quickly accessible to be useful in encounters with bears or other aggressive wildlife. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Bear spray must be quickly accessible to be useful in encounters with bears or other aggressive wildlife. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

HIKING --  A grizzly bear attacked a woman in southwest Montana on Saturday but was driven off by bear spray, the Associated Press reports.

It was the second grizzly attack in the region in a week.

Andrea Jones of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department says the latest attack occurred on a private ranch north of Gardiner.

Jones says the victim and two companions were near a cow carcass when the bear attacked and bit the legs and back of the victim. The bear fled when her companions deployed bear spray.

Jones says the victim is being treated for injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening.

No names or other details were released.

On Sept. 4, a hunter was mauled by a grizzly in the same region. That attack also was stopped but not totally averted by bear spray.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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