A female grizzly bear and its two cubs-of-the-year were shot and killed by bear managers Friday after they returned to the meadow in the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area where a hunter was fatally mauled earlier in the week.
Hilston, 50, was alone, gutting an elk Tuesday morning when the 350-pound female and her two 125-pound cubs followed the elk's blood trail across the meadow to the edge of an open pine forest. He probably did not see the grizzly until the moment of the attack, Servheen said.
Hilston never had a chance to reach for his gun and was not carrying bear-deterring pepper spray. His body was found Wednesday morning about 130 yards from the elk. He was the first hunter killed by a grizzly bear since 1956, when a man was killed by a wounded bear in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
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