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Grizzly bear kills bicyclist camping in western Montana

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, a grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath...
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, a grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath an apple tree a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. A judge will decide whether the Lower 48 states' first grizzly bear hunting season in more than four decades will open as scheduled the weekend of Aug. 31, 2018. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, file)(AP)
Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 8:27 AM MDT
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HELENA Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear attacked and killed a bicyclist who was camping in a western Montana town early Tuesday.

Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles says the bear had wandered into the campsite a couple of times before the fatal attack.

The pre-dawn attack happened in Ovando, a town of fewer than 100 people about 60 miles northwest of Helena.

A team of law enforcement and wildlife specialists assisted by a crew aboard a helicopter were trying to track down the bear. They planned to kill it if they could find it.

The victim’s identity was not immediately released and further circumstances surrounding the attack were under investigation.

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