Man kills grizzly in self-defense, keeps claws as a memento

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Posted at 3:03 PM, Jan 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 15:03:05-05

A Montana man told investigators that he cut off a grizzly bear's claws after shooting it in self-defense because he was mad that the bear was going to eat him.

The Flathead Beacon reports 35-year-old Bryan Berg was fined $5,000 and sentenced to probation on Thursday after pleading guilty to illegal transport of grizzly bear claws.

Prosecutors say Berg shot the bear in self-defense in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness in 2017.

He cut off the claws and pushed the carcass over the side of a mountain.

Berg told investigators he wanted to keep the claws as a memento.