Another Grizz Attack In MT
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From: JL
07-Jul-21

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This is a bummer. Happened about 28 miles from where I'm hanging out at the moment. There was another grizz hanging out in the town I'm at not too long ago. A cam got vid of it behind a restaurant snooping around.

Bicyclist Killed in Grizzly Bear Attack While Camping in Montana Gabrielle Chung Tue, July 6, 2021, 9:20 PM

A bicyclist camping in western Montana is dead after a grizzly bear attack, according to officials.

The fatal incident occurred on Tuesday around 4:14 a.m. in Ovando, a small town located approximately 74 miles away from the state's capital, according to a news release from Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles.

Roselles confirms to PEOPLE that bear spray was deployed during the attack and the bear fled the area before first responders arrived.

Once at the scene, authorities found a woman suffering from injuries of an apparent bear attack, but attempts to treat her wounds were unsuccessful, according to Roselles.

"The Powell County Sheriff's Office along with the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks officers processed the scene and spent several hours searching for the bear involved in the attack, utilizing resources on the ground and in the air," Roselles says in the release. "Search efforts will continue over the next couple days and traps have ben set in the area in case the bear does return."

"Campsites in Ovando have been closed until Sunday and we encourage anyone in the area to be cautious and aware that as of now, the bear has not been located," he adds.

The victim, whose identity has not been released by authorities, was part of long-distance cycling group camping in the area, local newspaper The Independent Record reported.

Though grizzly bears are common in the area, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Park spokesperson Greg Lemon told the outlet that unprovoked bear attacks are not.

"This isn't normal bear behavior, and it's the kind we want to address right away," Lemon said. "Most of the time when we have grizzly-human encounters that result in injury, most of the time the bear is doing normal bear stuff — protecting food resources, protecting cubs or a surprise encounter. This doesn't really apply in this situation, where somebody was camping at night."

The bear was captured on surveillance camera footage from a local business on Monday and had raided a chicken coop prior to the attack, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Park said in a news release.

According to Roselles, the bear visited the campsite several times and left, but later returned and attacked the camper, the Associated Press reported.

In the wake of the attack, wildlife officials plan on killing the bear once the animal is found, Lemon told The Independent Record.

"We have a bear roaming around town, that had already hit a chicken coop, so our response is different than if it was normal bear behavior," he said.

From: Inshart
07-Jul-21
That's terrible, prayers to her family and friends. It's one thing to be out in the mountains in "normal" griz habitat,,,,,,,,,,, but in town - it is absolutely time to do something!

At the same time, the tree hugers like to see them so lets not make a bunch of tags available to "at the very least" give them a reason to have just a little fear of humans. (sarcasm inserted)

From: Nick Muche
07-Jul-21
The damn things, while very fantastic creatures, NEED to be managed/hunted, or this unfortunate situation will continue to happen.

07-Jul-21
Yep.

From: Bowboy
07-Jul-21
Nick x2.

07-Jul-21
Perfect candidate to be trapped and released in California!

From: SmokedTrout
07-Jul-21
"This isn't normal bear behavior" Hogwash! That is an apex predator doing what apex predators do.

From: JL
07-Jul-21
I sensed from watching the local news and online articles.....the MT FWP is making excuses for bear attack behavior or profiles to justify the govt's current grizz policy. There will be more attacks.....

From: bigswivle
07-Jul-21
Only about an hour from where I am right now. Sucks

From: SBH
07-Jul-21
Prayers to the family. That's a bummer. Not surprising though. Lot of them G bears in that area. A hunt would cure a lot of this over time.

From: Jaquomo
07-Jul-21
Geez, we were planning to camp exactly there last week, to fish Monture Creek. Came back early because it got hot. Really a bummer, but not unexpected since we are cultivating a super predator with no fear of humans. My wife was nervous about camping and fishing in grizz country there by Ovando but I told her naaa, nothing to worry about....

From: jingalls
07-Jul-21
X2 Grasshopper! I have a brother that lives in Cali. He has been there so long he has forgotten where he came from. He’s 100% Cali nut job now. He’s happy when hunters get killed by grizzly bears. Says there’s one less hunter in the world! Sick individual. But if someone could arrange that bear to be trapped and released in his back yard I’ll be glad to share his address. His attitude might change when he encounters one?

From: JL
07-Jul-21
Not grizz related.....at my bro's place around the corner from Ovando, he has a small swamp with a small piece of high ground in the middle. The does take their fawns in their to rest. There is a small bear that knows the fawns are in there and will go to this piece of high ground frequently and get the fawns. A few days ago they watched the bear go in and get a fawn, kill it and walk off with it. That bear was the cub of a sow that used to do the same thing. They think it got 3 - 4 fawns so far.

From: Inshart
07-Jul-21
JL, time to save some fawns --- SSS.

From: SBH
07-Jul-21
JL- I used to say you could solve that problem with a quarter but now ammo cost so much you could probably deal with it for around $2 :)

From: BigSkyHntr
07-Jul-21
“This isn’t normal bear behavior”. I agree they’re making excuses! We really need a griz season. I live about an hr away. Sad deal

From: JL
07-Jul-21
The problem here is it's a HOA neighborhood on a mountain and everyone knows or hears your bidness. The local critters make the rounds to all the houses and everyone knows when animals show up or disappear. That bear has gotten a fawn down at the neighbor's house too. I would have been inclined to thump him with less lethal means on his rear end. Lions are the other deer-getters here.

From: Yellowcat53
07-Jul-21
Did anyone watch the golf match last night from Montana? They showed one grizz messing around and mentioned the carts had bear spray in them. It was a beautiful location but asking for trouble in my opion.

From: JL
08-Jul-21

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The latest......

Montana grizzly bear attack victim identified. Pulled from tent during fatal attack David Murray, Great Falls Tribune

The victim of a fatal grizzly bear attack in western Montana has been identified as 65-year-old Leah Davis Lokan of Chico California. The attack within the confines of the small agricultural town of Ovando has traumatized friends and community members alike.

On Wednesday, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in cooperation with the Powell County Sheriff's Office expanded upon the horrifying details of the attack.

"The bear initially woke the campers but then ran away," Wednesday's FWP news release states. "The three campers removed food from their tents, secured it, and went back to bed."

But the bear was only deterred briefly. A few hours later it returned, and its image was captured by a surveillance camera less than a block away from the attack site.

At some point during the night, the bear also got into a chicken coop in town, killing and eating several chickens. The bear's image was recorded by a video camera at a business less than a block from the campsite just 15 minutes before the attack.

"At about 3:30 a.m. the two people in the tent adjacent to the victim were awakened by sounds of the attack," the FWP news release states. "They exited the tent and sprayed the bear with bear spray. It has not been seen since."

"The bear pulled the victim from the tent during the fatal attack," the news release continues."

Since Tuesday, Montana wildlife and law enforcement officials have been scouring the area around Ovando, trying to locate the bear responsible for the fatal attack with little success.

“At this point, our best chance for catching this bear will be culvert traps set in the area near the chicken coop where the bear killed and ate several chickens,” said Randy Arnold, FWP regional supervisor in Missoula.

"The area that we're dealing with in Ovando presents challenges, both terrain-wise and for brush cover," Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles said. "There's frankly a lot of places where a bear could hide. Fish, Wildlife and Parks as well as the Powell County Sheriff's Office dedicated people last night and again this morning to continue looking for the bear."

"At this time we still have not been able to locate the bear," he added

A specialized search and rescue team with the private company "Two Bear Air" has been brought in from Kalispell to help with the search. Roselles said Two Bear Air is employing "flare technology" in an effort to find the grizzly. Forensic analysis collected at the attack site is also being utilized.

"It's my understanding that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in conjunction with the medical examiner is being very diligent in collecting DNA samples," Roselles said. "Those samples will be analyzed to help identify the particular bear that was involved."

The specific site of the attack has not been released; however, the fact that no campsites outside of the immediate area surrounding Ovando have been closed seems to indicate it occurred within the immediate town limits.

"All routes were reopened yesterday afternoon," Roselles said of area road closures. "The only campground closures that I have put into effect were in the immediate area of Ovando; basically the ones in the townsite. We've notified campers in the outlying areas of the presence of a problem bear, but I have put no other closures in place."

The sheriff said the emotional toll of the attack has been a concern from the beginning.

"Upon my official notification of this incident ... I did have the Powell County Sheriff's Office's unofficial chaplain travel with me. We utilized him not only for support of the family members, but as well as for that of the first responders and the community as well. He was invaluable with our search yesterday."

Roselles said he's received inquires from as many as 30 media organizations, both local, national and international regarding the bear attack.

"Obviously this is a tragic event, but the interest in this event is by far the most that I've had to contend with of anything," he said. "We are a small organization within Montana. My department has a total of five officers, so when it comes to having the luxuries of a Public Information Officer ... those duties default to me exclusively. I try and fill in the gaps with the media as best I can, but we're small and I do it all."

From: GF
08-Jul-21
“ we are cultivating a super predator with no fear of humans. ”

Well, Apex, at least. But that’s about the size of it…

What could POSSIBLY go wrong???

Problem Is (IMO) that all of the assumptions about “natural“ or a “normal“ better behavior are based on behavior of animals which have been hunted by humans for millennia, or (at the very least) repelled with lethal force whenever they got too close to the people. 100 years ago, they were treated as vermin.

But in far less than one human lifetime, they have gone from being persecuted at every opportunity to having total immunity. Truly NORMAL Bear Behavior is to eat/kill anything that can’t kick your ass.

The bears will return to their supposedly “normal” behavior when their every interaction with a human ends with them scared and stinging. Until them, we’re just conditioning them to NOT associate us with any kind of threat; if they have no good and specific reason to avoid us…. they won’t.

From: LBshooter
08-Jul-21
A griz season won't happened until a "important" person is mauled and killed, then attitudes will change. When wildlife isn't scared of humans bad things happen.

From: midwest
08-Jul-21
Awful.

From: 0hndycp
08-Jul-21
The little rural town I work in in north central MT routinely has grizzly bears wandering through or hazed out of. There are so many bears in the area there has been 3 hit on the highway, this year alone!

The golf course I play on has grizzly on it almost daily. When you NEVER play golf without the 10mm in the cart or on my belt, is a sad state of affairs! This golf course is over 60 miles from any semblance of a mountain range!

Until a VIP or a child is killed, the tree hugging bunny thumping judge in Missoula will keep them on the ESA!

From: Rut Nut
08-Jul-21
"The bear initially woke the campers but then ran away," Wednesday's FWP news release states. "The three campers removed food from their tents, secured it, and went back to bed."

But the bear was only deterred briefly. A few hours later it returned, and its image was captured by a surveillance camera less than a block away from the attack site.

That was their fatal mistake............................................having food in their tent! VERY SAD! : (

From: LINK
08-Jul-21
Probably was their fatal mistake rut. With Grizzlies though if you’re in the tent there is food in the tent.

From: LINK
08-Jul-21
Double tap

From: Rut Nut
08-Jul-21
LOL! Good point................... ;-)

08-Jul-21
As the American Prairie Reserve expands wilderness areas eastward along the Missouri river and CMR, and establishes buffalo for the tribes, the wolves and grizzly bears will follow and expand their range.

From: DanaC
08-Jul-21
Bears go from 'humans have food' to 'human! give me food!' pretty quick. I'm pretty sure that when they tear my camera off a tree it's because they think it's a bird feeder, and they're po'd 'cause there's no food in it.

They need to relearn that 'humans = *danger*'.

From: WVFarrier
08-Jul-21
Thats about 30 minutes from the farm I had planned to buy. Fortunately the owner was an !@@#$ who decided his asking price wasnt high enough AFTER signing the contract. Makes me kinda glad.

From: JL
08-Jul-21
Most wise, local folks around here do not camp in tents just because of the bears. You run the risk of becoming a taco for the bears if you do. Came back from a fishing trip a bit ago and seen several tent campers set up in a known grizz area.

From: bigswivle
08-Jul-21
Have been up two different trails in the swan valley this week. One trail we only saw a couple people and they didn’t have bear spray. Today went up a very popular trail to some waterfalls and saw tons of people, 90% of them had no bear spray. Crazy

From: thedude
08-Jul-21
SSS

From: RK
08-Jul-21
So grizzly bears are now a problem in Michigan and MA ??

When did that stuff start?

From: DanaC
09-Jul-21
Didn't say 'grizzly', did I? Black bears can be dangerous too.

From: Z Barebow
09-Jul-21

Z Barebow's embedded Photo
Z Barebow's embedded Photo
Looks like the grizz killed one to many chickens.

From: BigSkyHntr
09-Jul-21
This may be twisted thinking, but I kinda hope they killed the wrong bear and hafta shoot another.

From: JL
09-Jul-21
Just an armchair, out of the box thought.....maybe the population is too high and not enough food to go around to feed all the wild critters. The bears are now resorting to raiding towns and houses.....easy pickins'.

From: Cut2Kill
09-Jul-21
I thought the same exact thing BigSkyHntr! If raiding chicken coops they both need to go anyway.

From: JL
10-Jul-21

JL's embedded Photo
JL's embedded Photo
Taken about an hour and a half ago west of Ovando on the game range.....

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