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Grizzly kills man in Montana

Wildlife agents are investigating a grizzly bear attack that left one man dead on the north end of the Idaho-Montana border. Mike Weland is a spokesman for the Boundary County Sheriff Department in north Idaho. He says the man was attacked while hunting on Buckhorn Mountain, near the Canadian border.

“The hunter's partner did shoot and kill the bear while the attack was in progress, but he was too late to save his partner,” Weland said.

The area is part of a grizzly bear recovery zone, where the federal government has been trying to bring back the grizzly population. The bear is listed as a threatened species in the Lower 48.

Earlier this year, a man in Boundary County was charged with illegally shooting a grizzly in his yard. Jeremy Hill agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and the charges were dropped.

Copyright 2011 Northwest News Network

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places east of the Cascades.