State wildlife officials say a Troy resident shot a grizzly bear in self defense while hunting in the Cabinet Mountains.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the man was hunting mule deer on Dad Peak on Nov. 2 when he spotted two grizzly bears in the trees about 50 yards ahead of him. He alerted the bears to his presence by yelling and waving his gun.
When the bears moved in the direction of the noises, he realized there were three bears. The man yelled again, hoping the bears would run off, but the larger bear charged and the hunter shot the bear at a distance of about 25 yards.
The man hiked out and reported the shooting to wildlife officials. After an investigation, Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials ruled the shooting of the adult female grizzly was justifiable.
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