A California man sued a Montana Guide Service after he was “slapped by a bear.”
Virgil Massey of Barstow, Calif., sued the Church Universal and Triumphant and Montana Guide Service in 6th District Court. Massey claims that while on a 2007 hunting trip on the religious group’s land, a guide left him on a ridge top to watch for elk while the guide accompanied a second hunter to a deer he had killed about 400 yards away. On his way back to Massey, the guide heard a gunshot, then found Massey on the ground and injured. Massey told him he had been “slapped by a bear.”
In court documents, Massey alleges the outfitter did not give him proper training on how to deal with bears or provide him with pepper spray or a handgun for protection. Massey is suing for past and future medical expenses as well as other damages.
According to news reports, it does not appear the State of Montana requires licensed Montana guides and outfitters to have any special training about bear encounters or how to use firearms for self-defense against bears.