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Man Killed While Cleaning Grizzly Cage in Montana

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November 05, 2012
Man Killed While Cleaning Grizzly Cage in Montana - 3

A 24-year-old man was mauled to death by a grizzly bear Sunday while cleaning its enclosure. The victim, whose name was not released, worked for Animals of Montana near Bozeman, Mont., reports the Missoulian.

The victim may have fallen and hit his head or otherwise lost consciousness before he was killed, animal trainer Demetri Price told the Washington Post. The victim did not sustain any defensive wounds and had bear spray at the time, which he apparently did not use.

Animals of Montana is a wildlife casting agency that provides captive-bred animals for movies and photo shoots. The company keeps a range of wildlife, including African lions, gray wolves, bobcats, and foxes. According to their website, the company also owned three trained grizzly bears.

One of the grizzlies had to be euthanized in order to recover the victim's body from the enclosure.

"It's obviously a tragic situation and I don't think we'll ever know what happened," attorney Chuck Watson told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

The sheriff's office and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens are investigating the incident.

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from JM wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

-HFT, it happens to me all the time, just ignore them and they stop eventually...as far as the post goes, I agree with you. It was stupid to be not only alone, but seemingly the only one in the area(no one noticed/heard anything until it was too late). A "captive-bred" animal is still wild at heart.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Could whoever is -1ing every one of my posts on this blog please tell me what their problem is, so we can actually discuss our differences?

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Why on earth was this guy in the pen with a grizzly bear by himself??? I don't care if it's a captive-bred bear that's trained to act in movies - a grizzly bear is still something to be treated with respect.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Could whoever is -1ing every one of my posts on this blog please tell me what their problem is, so we can actually discuss our differences?

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from JM wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

-HFT, it happens to me all the time, just ignore them and they stop eventually...as far as the post goes, I agree with you. It was stupid to be not only alone, but seemingly the only one in the area(no one noticed/heard anything until it was too late). A "captive-bred" animal is still wild at heart.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

Why on earth was this guy in the pen with a grizzly bear by himself??? I don't care if it's a captive-bred bear that's trained to act in movies - a grizzly bear is still something to be treated with respect.

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