A Montana man was killed by a grizzly bear that was in captivity, it was reported Sunday.
The man was mauled by the animal at the Animals of Montana wildlife casting agency northeast of Bridger Bowl.
“It’s obviously a tragic situation, and I don’t think we’ll ever know exactly what happened,” Chuck Watson, lawyer for Animals of Montana’s owner, Troy Hyde, told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
The grizzly was later killed by staff at the facility. Animals of Montana breeds captive grizzly bears, African lions, badgers, and minks for photography shots and videos, according to the publication.
Animals of Montana’s head trainer, Demetri Price, told ABC News that the man’s death was likely an accident.
“The victim has been with us since 2008. He was a highly experienced trainer, and it is unlikely that the bears caused his death,” Price said.
“He had the right safety equipment and the right training to avoid that kind of attack. The investigators are looking into other causes of death.”
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