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Grizzly Bear Fatally Mauls Mountain Biker Near Glacier National Park

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 30, 2016

Grizzly Bear Fatally Mauls Mountain Biker Near Glacier National Park

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On Wednesday, a 38-year-old mountain biker was killed during a grizzly bear attack as he was riding along a trail outside Glacier National Park in Montana.

According to The Associated Press, the victim’s name was Brad Treat and he was riding the trail with a second rider when the two apparently startled the bear. The two were traversing the Halfmoon Lakes area of the Flathead National Forest, Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said in a statement.

The bear reportedly knocked Treat off his bike and the other rider left to get help. When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Treat’s body, but not the bear. Wildlife and law enforcement officials are now searching the area for the grizzly.

Authorities have closed the area around the attack — about three miles away from Glacier's west entrance — and announced that Treat was an officer with the United States Forest Service. The second rider was not injured.

“Brad was an integral member of our area law enforcement team and a friend to us all,” Sheriff Curry told The AP.

Officials from Glacier National Park say there are one or two non-lethal encounters between bears and humans each year, but also acknowledged that six people have been fatally mauled by bears in the Northern Rockies region since 2010, mostly in the Yellowstone area.

The bear attack was the first at Glacier National Park since 1998, and only the 11th since the park opened in 1910.


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