Montana Bear Mauling Victim Identified

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Authorities in Montana have identified the victim of a fatal bear mauling at a wildlife casting company as a 24-year-old man originally from Pennsylvania.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's office said Monday that Benjamin Cloutier of York Haven was killed while cleaning the pen of two captive-raised brown bears at Animals of Montana near Bozeman.

One of the bears was shot and killed so Cloutier's body could be recovered after the mauling on Sunday.

The animals were originally identified as grizzlies, but authorities now say they were Syrian brown bears, a related subspecies.

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