A grizzly bear killed an individual in a distant campsite in Montana early on Tuesday morning, police have stated.
The animal is alleged to have beforehand wandered via the location earlier than the assault, which occurred between 4am and 5am.
The folks of the village of Ovando – house to fewer than 100 folks – had been stated to be “devastated” following the incident close to their house.
Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles stated: “There was an earlier contact with the bear previous to the occasion.
“The bear mainly got here again into the campsite. It wandered right into a campsite a pair totally different occasions.”
A hunt is beneath approach to discover the animal, as grizzlies which fatally assault a human are usually put down.
To this point, the identification of the sufferer has not been revealed.
Greg Lemon, a spokesperson with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, stated: “Our first concern is the neighborhood’s well-being. The subsequent step is to seek out the bear.”
Leigh Ann Valiton, who owns the Blackfoot Inn and a basic retailer, stated the folks of Ovando had been “completely devastated” by the assault.
Tiffanie Zavarelli stated it was the primary deadly bear mauling that she knew of in the neighborhood.
She added: “All people’s fairly shaken up proper now. The inhabitants right here is 75 – everyone is aware of everyone.
“The folks from Montana, we all know how you can be ‘bear conscious.’ However something can occur.”
The area the place the assault happened – the northern Rockies – isn’t any stranger to confrontations with bears.
Earlier this yr a information was killed by a grizzly whereas he was fishing alongside the Yellowstone Nationwide Park border in southwestern Montana.
Ovando is about 130 miles from the border with Canada, and the wilderness right here is considered house to about 1,000 bears – the most important focus within the US excluding Alaska.
Round 50,000 grizzly bears as soon as lived within the western a part of North America between the Pacific Ocean and the Nice Plains – however the numbers fell drastically within the early 1900s attributable to looking, trapping and habitat loss.
Since being designated a protected species in 1975, the bear inhabitants has began to get well.