An autopsy revealed Friday that a Nevada hunter thought to have been killed by a wounded grizzly bear died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, presumably delivered when his hunting partner attempted to defend him. Ty Bell and Steve Stephenson of Winnemucca, Nevada, mistakenly shot the grizzly while hunting black bear along the Idaho-Montana border. The men were pursuing the wounded bear into a thicket when it charged. As the bear mauled Stephenson, Bell fired several shots, killing both the bear, and, according to an examiner at the Montana State Crime Lab, his hunting partner. Grizzly bears, a protected species in the lower 48 states, are illegal to hunt. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks are still investigating the incident. Bell could faces charges both for the death of his friend and for killing an endangered species.
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