Grizzly bear kills man on mountain bike

Posted on 30 June 2016

Other rider escapes injury

A West Glacier man was killed by a grizzly bear June 29 while riding his mountain bike near Glacier National Park.
Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry identified the victim as Brad Treat, 38, of West Glacier.

Authorities have closed the area around Halfmoon Lakes as the investigation continues. As of 8:30 p.m., the bear that attacked Treat had not been found.
Treat and another man were mountain biking on U.S. Forest Service land near Halfmoon Lakes on Wednesday, according to Curry. The initial investigation suggests the two bikers surprised the bear around 2 p.m. and Treat was taken off his bike by the animal. The second rider was able to escape uninjured and summon help.
Treat was found dead at the scene.

A trapped grizzly bear

A trapped and collared grizzly bear.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks personnel and Flathead County Sherriff’s Officials are continuing to investigate a bear attack on a mountain biker on June 29 on Forest Service property a few miles south of West Glacier. The attack occurred yesterday afternoon and it appeared to be a surprise encounter.  Samples collected on the scene will be used to help identify whether it is a black or grizzly bear.

Treat, a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, was riding his mountain bike when he was attacked by a bear on the Green Gate/Half Moon trail system off of U.S. Highway 2.  Treat’s companion reported the incident and was not attacked.  Treat was found dead by officers at the scene of the attack and Treat’s body was transported out by off-highway vehicle.

FWP’s Wildlife Human Attack Response Team is investigating the incident.  The team is comprised of wardens and biologists trained in investigating these incidents.

The Green Gate/Half Moon trail system remains closed and posted by Forest Service officials in the interest of public safety.  

For more information on the closure contact Flathead National Forest at 406-758-5200.

Yesterday, investigators from FWP searched for the offending bear but were unable to locate it.  Late last night, two traps and remote cameras were set for the bear and monitoring of the traps will continue. Flights are also being conducted with the aid of Two Bear Air in an attempt to locate the bear.

FWP Warden Captain Lee Anderson noted that samples for DNA analysis were collected at the scene in efforts to identify the individual bear. “We are attempting to capture and/or confirm the identity of the offending bear,” Anderson said.  “When we have more information we will decide what actions to take.”

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