Montana Camper Killed By Grizzly, Officials Hunting the Bear
We love camping and the outdoors but this is a good reminder that we share the land with much larger creatures. According to The Idaho Press, A grizzly bear attacked and killed a female bicyclist who was camping. She was camping in the small town of Ovando which is in western Montana, not far from the Idaho boarder.
She was part of a cycling group that was meeting up to explore the trails. Authorities say that it seemed like the bear had visited the camp site before and left but then came back to attack and maul the woman in the dawn hours on Tuesday.
Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles said “There was an earlier contact with the bear prior to the event,” Roselles said. “The bear basically came back into the campsite. It wandered into a campsite a couple different times.”
Now there is an extensive search to find and kill the bear by wildlife officials and law enforcement officers. There is a team including some specialists who have been flown into track down the bear. They have set five traps at this point and have been searching with different methods including with helicopter but so far have not found the bear.
Bears and human interactions have become more a problem in the region over the years as the bears seem more comfortable getting into human territory and humans are moving in on and expanding into the bears territory. Elected officials in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho have been working to lift the protections so the federally protected animals could be hunted.
This isn't the first bear attack in the area, even this year in April, a backcountry guide was killed by a grizzly bear while fishing along the Yellowstone National Park border in southwestern Montana.