Officials Shoot Bear Responsible For Fatal Montana Attack

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Earlier in the week we shared the tragic story that a 65-year-old California woman was ripped from her tent and fatally mauled by a grizzly bear while on a cycling and camping excursion through Montana.

At that time, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials were searching for the bear via helicopter and setting traps for the bear near a local chicken coop it also raided the night of the attack.

Around midnight on Friday, the bear approached the chicken coop and was shot and killed by state conservation officers.

According to the CBS News, a spokesman for Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks confirmed that they are confident they got the bear they were looking for.

“Based on the size of the bear, the color of the bear and the nature of the chicken coop raids, we’re confident we’ve got the offending bear. 

The Powell County Sheriff’s Office shared an update, and DNA from the scene of the attack, and from the bear that was recently shot, will be cross examined to confirm the killer bear is no longer on the loose.

“Over the last couple of days, Officials have followed up on multiple bear sightings in the Ovando area. Last night, the Powell County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a resident who came home and found her door ripped off and large claw marks were present. A short time later a male grizzly bear was killed in the area.

Samples were immediately taken from the bear and were sent to a testing facility where we hope to make positive identification within the next couple of days.

Early indications are that this is likely the bear that was involved in Tuesdays attack.”

*** Update on the Ovando Grizzly***Over the last couple of days, Officials have followed up on multiple bear sightings…

Posted by Powell County Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 9, 2021

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