GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials say a Bozeman hunter shot and killed a female grizzly bear after it charged at him.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the initial investigation by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shows the Saturday shooting was in self-defense.

Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Wesley Sarmento says the nearly 500-pound (227-kilogram) female bear began charging after the hunter shot a pheasant outside of Pendroy, a community located 79 miles (127 kilometers) northwest of Great Falls.

According to Sarmento, the bear had initially charged at a dog but later turned its attention to the hunter.

Sarmento says the hunter shot the bear in the chest and face.

Wildlife officers say the female bear had three 10-month cubs that have low chances of survival without their mother.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com