A 24-year-old man died Sunday morning after being mauled by a grizzly bear at the Animals of Montana facility northeast of Bridger Bowl.

Authorities responded to the facility at 170 Nixon Peak Road at 10:24 a.m. The victim, originally from Pennsylvania, was mauled and killed by one or more captive-bred grizzly bears at the facility, according to a statement from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.

The man's name has not been released, pending notification of his next of kin.

The man was reportedly cleaning the bears' enclosure when the mauling happened, according to the sheriff's office.

"It's obviously a tragic situation, and I don't think we'll ever know exactly what happened," said Chuck Watson, attorney for Animals of Montana's owner, Troy Hyde.

Watson said the grizzly had been put down by staff at the facility in order to retrieve the injured worker from the enclosure.

Animals of Montana provides captive-bred animals for photography shoots and motion pictures, ranging from African lions and minks to badgers and bobcats.

According to the company's website, it keeps three trained grizzly bears.

The death is being investigated by the Gallatin County Coroner and game wardens.


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