Early Tuesday morning (July 6), a bear attacked and killed a woman camping in western Montana. The local government is still looking for animals.
The attack was reportedly carried out near Ovand, about 70 miles (112 km) northwest of the state capital, Helena. KGVO News..Statement from Montana fish, wildlife, parks (FWP) said a video camera from a local company captured animal footage prior to the attack. Grizzly bear.. According to the statement, grizzly bears are common to Ovand and the surrounding Blackfoot Valley.
As of the end of Wednesday (July 8th), no bears were found yet, Washington post report. The camper is now identified as 65-year-old Leah Davis Locan, who lives in Chico, California, and traveled through the area on a long-distance bike trip. She was accompanied by her sister and friends. A friend heard Lokan being attacked by a bear around 3:30 am local time and used a bear spray to drive away the animals. The bear first passed the campsite about 30 minutes ago, waking up his camper van and urging him to get some food before going to bed.
“The bear has basically returned to the campsite, which has wandered to the campsite several times,” said Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselle. Associated Press..
Based on a survey of bear footprints and explanations of their behavior, the post reported that the FWP determined that the animal was likely to be male and weighed about 400 pounds (181 kilograms). DNA What was collected at the site Bear According to, if you get caught up in one of the five traps set by the agency so far Daily Montanan.. In addition, helicopters equipped with infrared sensors have already been deployed three times to search for animals, officials said.
FWP official Greg LeMond told Daily Montanan that the bear would be killed and fatally injured when caught, making it the second grizzly bear to be killed by the FWP this summer.
It’s not clear why bears searched for campsites or attacked Lokan, but Tuesday’s attack did not represent “normal bear behavior,” Lemon said. “Usually, human-bear conflicts arise from the surprising encounters of bears protecting food, female bears protecting cubs, and bears being threatened to attack people … Entering a campground and attacking people is not a natural instinct. “
This is the second deadly bear attack in the area in recent months. In April, backcountry guide Charles Mock was fatally injured by a grizzly man outside West Yellowstone. New York Times report. After the April attack, FWP spokesman Morgan Jacobsen may be more likely to encounter grizzly bears as the number of bears protected by the federal government increases and bear territory expands. I told the Times. At the same time, the number of people living in this area continues to grow.
Conflicts between grizzly bears and humans have generally increased in the northern Rocky Mountains over the last decade, as local bear populations have slowly recovered, according to the Associated Press. Ovand is located at the southern tip of the North Continent watershed ecosystem, home to an estimated 1,000 grizzly bears. The United States in southern Canada is home to less than 1,500 grizzly bears in total. National Wildlife Federation.. (Approximately 31,000 people live in Alaska.)
According to AP, in the last 20 years, there have been about 20 cases near the Continental Divide that required hospitalization after being injured by a bear. Also, in the last 50 years, there have been 11 deadly bear attacks in the area, which are fairly rare. According to the Washington Post, Tuesday’s attacks were counted as 11 and the April attack occurred in the nearby Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
Originally published in Live Science.