BROWNING, MT -- A recently captured video shows two men chasing a grizzly bear with a pickup truck. According to the Independent Record, the video was allegedly posted to Facebook on March 19 by Lane Kennedy, a ranch hand from Browning Montana.
WARNING: Video Contains Graphic Language
The cell phone video shows the bear sprinting across an open field with the truck pursuing closely behind. The Independent Record reports the video is now being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Blackfeet Tribe, because the incident may have occurred on reservation land.
Kennedy told the Independent Record that the bear was close to a herd of calving cows, and it was not his attention to “bother” the bear, but rather to get it to move as he and a passenger considered it a threat to the livestock.
In the video you can hear two men talking during the pursuit:
“We’re chasing a grizzly bear this morning…. he’s tired... Get me closer”
About twenty seconds into the video the bear stops and reverses direction. The pickup quickly turns and continues the pursuit for roughly a minute. That’s where the video ends.
The video has since been removed from Kennedy’s Facebook page, and Kennedy was quoted by the newspaper as saying he was driving while another man named Stephen Upham shot the video.
We have reached out to the USFWS and both Kennedy and Upham. At this point we have yet to hear back. We will update this story as more details become available.