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Montana Man Hospitalized After Being Mauled By Grizzly Bear

Jul 28, 2020

A Montana man was hospitalized Tuesday after being mauled by a grizzly bear in an abandoned barn, according to officials.

Teton County Sheriff Keith Van Setten confirmed Chouteau-area resident Shannun Rammell, 50, was attacked Monday evening.

Family friend Julie Brantley told the Great Falls Tribune that Rammell was looking for a bear after a neighbor reported seeing grizzly tracks in the area. She said the family drove to a nearby unoccupied farm and saw no signs of the animal until Rammell decided to check a barn.

Rammell startled the bear, which threw him up in the air, Brantley said. He suffered bites and scratch marks on his shoulder and arms that required stitches.

State wildlife managers set traps in the area, but Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Greg Lemon said Tuesday he did not know if any bears had been trapped.