A rural Teton County man was injured by a bear at a rural location between Choteau and Power early Monday evening, Sheriff Keith VanSetten said at around 8:20 p.m.
The man’s wife, Jamie Rammell, identified him as Shanun Rammell, when she spoke with the Choteau Acantha.
VanSetten said Jamie drove her husband approximately 12 miles into Benefis Teton Medical Center in Choteau, arriving there shortly before 7 p.m., and then notified the Sheriff’s Office of the mauling. He said he understood from Jamie that the mauling had taken place in the area of 10th Road Northeast and Division Lane. “Out on the prairie,” he said, adding that he had no details of how the encounter happened.
The sheriff said the man was transported from the hospital via Mercy Flight to Benefis Health System in Great Falls. He said he did not know the extent of Shannun’s injuries.
VanSetten said Teton County notified Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officers of the mauling, and FWP dispatched two game wardens, Rod Duty and Dave Holland, and grizzly management specialist Wesley Sarmento of Conrad to begin an investigation.
The sheriff said his office would provide any help needed, but the FWP is the lead agency on the incident. He said he had no information on what type of bear was involved in the mauling.