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Hunter 'distracted wounded grizzly'

The family of a 39-year-old hunter killed by a wounded grizzly bear said he shouted to draw the 400lb animal towards him, in an effort to keep it from attacking his young hunting partner.

Steve Stevenson's mother, Janet Price, said after her son shouted, the male bear swung around and attacked him instead.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office in Montana said Mr Stevenson, of Winnemucca, Nevada, died on Friday after 20-year-old Ty Bell wounded what he thought was a black bear.

The two men then tracked it into thick cover along the Idaho-Montana border, where it attacked at about 10am.

Authorities said Mr Bell used his mobile phone to call for help after the attack, but Mr Stevenson died from his injuries in the remote area.


From Belfast Telegraph