August 20, 2014
LIBBY, Mont. (AP) - Officials in northwestern Montana say a shot fired at a grizzly bear as it attacked a Nevada hunter passed through the bear before striking and killing the hunter.
The Western News (http://bit.ly/tbyAUk ) reports tests requested by the Department of the Interior found grizzly bear DNA on the .30.06 bullet that killed 39-year-old Steve Stevenson of Winnemucca, Nev., on Sept. 16.
Stevenson and 20-year-old Ty Bell were hunting near the Montana-Idaho border when Bell shot what he thought was a black bear.
The men tracked the bear into heavy cover, where the 400-pound animal attacked Stevenson. Bell fired several shots trying to kill the bear.
Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe called the shooting a "horribly tragic accident." He says he doesn't expect charges will be filed, but that decision is up to the county attorney.
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