A Nevada man has died from injuries suffered during a grizzly bear attack that occurred Friday near the North Idaho-Montana border.
Steve Stevenson, 39, and friend Ty Bell, 20, were a part of a four man hunting party, all from Winnemucca, Nev., chasing black bear in the Buckhorn Mountain area.
The pair encountered a bear that they thought was a black bear, the sheriff’s office said. They shot and wounded the bear, which was actually a young boar grizzly bear. They tracked the bear to an area of heavy cover, and the bear attacked Stevenson.
Bell shot the bear several times, eventually killing it. At about 10 a.m. Pacific Time, Bell reported the attack by cell phone to the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in Montana received a call about the attack from Idaho officials at 11:08 a.m. Mountain Time.
The investigation is ongoing, but there’s little doubt as to what happened in this case. Hunters should always use caution when tracking a bear of any kind, especially a wounded boar.
In the video above, Bell’s father Bill explains how Stevenson saved his son, and his son tried his best to help his companion while he was being mauled. “They were trying to save each other,” Bill says.