BOZEMAN, Mont. (November 5, 2012)--A 24-year-old man was mauled to death Sunday morning while he was cleaning a grizzly bear enclosure at a wildlife casting agency’s facility in southwestern Montana, Gallatin County officials said.
There were two captive-bred grizzly bears in the enclosure, and one or both of them mauled the man at the Animals of Montana facility north of Bozeman, Sheriff Brian Gootkin said.
The victim's name wasn't immediately released, but officials said he was originally from Pennsylvania.
Chuck Watson, attorney for Animals of Montana's owner, Troy Hyde, told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle the grizzly bear had to be put down in order to recover the victim.
"It's obviously a tragic situation, and I don't think we'll ever know exactly what happened," Watson said.
Animals of Montana provides captive-bred animals for photography shoots and motion pictures, ranging from African lions and minks to badgers and bobcats.
The company's website said it had three grizzly bears.
The sheriff’s office and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens are investigating the man’s death.