Bear Bites Fly Fisher Through Tent in Western Montana

June 23, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

“My ear was bouncing off my neck. So I knew it was messed up, but I couldn’t feel (the pain),” said 24-year-old Rob Holmes, who was bitten through his tent by a black bear while on a fly-fishing trip in western Montana’s Lolo National Forest. Holmes complained that the attack probably occurred because he had chosen a “dirty camp” where inconsiderate campers had left refuse, and officials agreed. Jamie Kelly in The Missoulian.
James White provided pictures of the injured Holmes to the UK’s Daily Mail.
In a related story, a 70-year-old botanist and summer resident was killed by a problem grizzly Thursday near Yellowstone’s East Entrance.