Ovando in Montana, site of the grizzly bear attack is a popular stop for cyclists

In a small town in western Montana, a grizzly bear pulled a woman out of a tent and killed her this week. It welcomes year-round visitors to a place famous for the movie “A River Runs Through It.”

 Valley communities along the river come to Ovando in the summer to fish, hike, camp, and float on the river, and in the winter to ride snowmobiles, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing. It is 2,500 miles from northern Montana to southern New Mexico ( 4,023 kilometers). On Monday night, 65-year-old Leah Davis Lokan came to town from Chico, California, to take a break from the long-awaited route trip. Authorities said that a grizzly bear drove her to her in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Pulled out of the tent and killed her. She and her team camped near the city’s post office and museum. 

This is the second time the bear has appeared at the camp that night. Wildlife officials said they spent Thursday trying to find And killed this bear, which weighed about 400 pounds (181 kg), but it was the third consecutive sky without anyone. At least until Sunday, informal camps around the city were closed. The city also opened a fire station and a church. It is for cyclists to sleep in. 

There is already an old prison in town with some camp beds. Catherine Lorendover said that she and her husband Travis Thurmond own the Blackfoot Angler fishing shop. There are about 1,000 cyclists driving along the Great Divide Route each year. Schoendoerfer estimates that the number of people staying overnight varies. Dillon Key, who works at the Great Divide Cyclery in Helena, says the route loosely follows the Continental Divide. , Sometimes winding on gravel roads, dirt roads and trails, and some individual tracks. There are also miles of highways. 

Kee said the route was “absolutely gorgeous,” passing through Montana and taking passengers through Crossing the mountain pass and large open grasslands. According to reports, Rocan, a registered nurse who worked in a hospital in Chico, California, said that Mike Castaldo, chairman of the Chico Bike Club, said Mike Cass, who participated in the mountain bike race 

Lokan is a road cyclist and an experienced outdoor woman. Another friend of Montana, Mary Flowers (Mary Flowers), said that Rokan has been looking forward to visiting Cycling in Montana. Man. Flowers said that Rokan once rode a long-distance bicycle, and her sister and a friend also rode this bicycle. Another friend remembers Rokan is a free spirit with many friends Stefano said that Lokan is the kind of person who will find a way to contact everyone at some point to make sure his friends know that they are still part of his life. At 3 in the morning, Lokan and two other people were camping, and a bear scared them. Montana wildlife officials said before leaving on Tuesday. 

Authorities said the cyclists took food out of the tent, put it away, and went back to sleep. Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles said that at about 4:15 in the morning after two people in the tent near the victim were awakened by the sound of the attack, the sheriff’s office received a 911 call. They removed the bear spray and the bear escaped. It is recommended that people camping in the brown bear country, whether in the deep forest or in developed camps, should always keep scented products such as food and toothpaste away from the camp and keep them for themselves. It is important to pay attention to safety when the bear passes the camp, said Greg Lemon, spokesperson for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, that the animal will return. 

Wildlife officials initially used helicopter flights to find brown bears. They also installed large traps in and around Ovando, made of sewers and using running animals as bait. These include traps near the chicken coop where the bear attacked the night Rokan was killed and near the camp. Lemon said the guards thought they could easily identify the bear, and within minutes after he visited the Lokan camp for the first time, the bear was recorded by the tent surveillance cameras.

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