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Search continues for grizzly bear that attacked a man near Big Sky

Posted at 5:12 PM, Sep 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-11 20:22:02-04

The investigation continues near Big Sky for a grizzly bear that attacked a man on Friday.

Morgan Jacobsen from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks tells MTN News a wildlife team flew over the area near the Yellow Mule trailhead on Saturday, looking for the bear that attacked Rudy Noorlander.

According to a GoFundMe page, he was helping hunters try to find a shot deer when he came upon two grizzlies:

He saw one smaller adult grizzly bear nearby. Instinctively, he pulled out his firearm in hopes of scaring away the grizzly but before he could even have time to react, a different 10 foot tall and far more aggressive bear was on him. Rudy aimed his gun at the bear but his firearm misfired, making his best choice of defense his fists as he did not have any time to get his bear spray from his backpack.

He was taken by helicopter to Bozeman Health and then later to the University of Utah Medical Center where he remains in critical but stable condition.

Jacobsen says an FWP team will go back to the area on Tuesday to see if the bear has returned.

The Custer Gallatin National Forest has closed the area and say it will remain closed until the investigation is completed.

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