05/28/2014 04:43 EDT | Updated 07/28/2014 05:59 EDT

Bear Hunter From U.S. Shot To Death In B.C.

UPDATE - May 30, 2014: Jeff Cooper was hit by a stray bullet when a wounded bear charged him and two hunting guides, his wife, Shirley Cooper, told the Longview Daily News.

HOUSTON, B.C. - Police are investigating the shooting death of an American man who had been hunting for bears in northern B.C.

RCMP were called Monday to a forest service area about 100 kilometres south of Houston, B.C., where they found the body of a 59-year-old man.

Mounties say the man had been hunting with the help of guides.

Sgt. Stephen Rose says the victim has been identified but his name and other details are not being released.

With the help of authorities in Washington state, police say the family of the man has been notified about his death.

The coroners service is also investigating.

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