A Bozeman hunter shot and killed a female grizzly bear after the animal charged him.
The 900 pound bear attacked the hunter after he shot a pheasant. At first, the bear charged his dog but suddenly turned its attention to the hunter.

The hunter shot the bear in the chest and face. Wildlife officers say the bear had three baby cubs. She may have thought the hunter was going to hurt them.

The investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said the shooting was in self-defense. It is believed the cubs will not survival without their mother.

(The Associated Press contributed  to this story)