05/29/2014 10:45 EDT | Updated 07/29/2014 05:59 EDT

U.S. Bear Hunter Shot Dead On Guided Trip In B.C.

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 03: Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), Ursidae, Glacier National Park, Montana, United States of America. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
An American hunter was shot dead while on a guided bear hunt in northwestern B.C. earlier this week, RCMP say.

Cpl. Dave Tyreman says the 59-year-old Washington state man was shot on Tuesday afternoon while hunting in the Tahsta Reach Forest Service area around 112 kilometres south of Houston, B.C.

But police are still investigating, and won't say if they believe the shooting was accidental, or suspicious.

"Basically it's too early in the investigation. And that is what we're investigating, is the circumstances, or the cause of this shooting," said Tyreman.

The B.C. Coroners Service and the Conservation Officer Service are also looking into the shooting.

Tyreman says the hunter's family in Washington have been notified. However, police aren't releasing the hunter's name.

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