Grizzly bear near Canyon

KALISPELL — A northwestern Montana elk hunter is recovering in a Kalispell hospital after a weekend bear attack.

Anders Broste, who lives north of Columbia Falls, told the Daily Inter Lake he thinks he surprised a bear that was bedded down Sunday morning. 

An investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Wildlife Human Attack Response Team has identified the bear as a grizzly, and concluded that a "surprise encounter" prompted the attack. No action will be taken against the bear.

Broste, 36, said he was trying to get his gun off his shoulder and was backpedaling when he fell. "It was on me in seconds," he said Monday.

The bear bit Broste's arm, breaking a bone, before turning to Broste's ankle.

Broste said he thinks he kicked the bear a couple of times and the bear ran off. 

A friend hunting with Broste called 911 and two rescue helicopters responded.

Broste said he was thankful to be alive, doesn't blame the bear and plans to continue hunting.

The Missoulian's Patrick Reilly contributed to this story.

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