Mountain bike rider killed by grizzly bear in Montana

A grizzly bear attacked and killed a 38-year-old forestry service worker in Montana on Wednesday, officials said.

The man, Brad Treat, was riding his mountain bike along with a friend in the Flathead National Forest, not far from Glacier National Park, when they surprised the bear, according to the county’s sheriff’s office.

Treat was knocked out of the saddle while his friend rode off fro help, Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told The Associated Press.

The body of Treat, who was a law-enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, was located, but not the bear. The area around Halfmoon Lakes in Flathead County is now closed as the investigation continues.

Grizzly bears in Glacier National Park spotted in April/Facebook
Grizzly bears in Glacier National Park spotted in April/Facebook

“Brad was an integral member of our area law enforcement team and a friend to us all,” Curry said.

And, the Flathead County Search and Rescue office offered “Our heartfelt condolences to the Treat family. We will miss you, Brad” along with this photo in tribute.

Brad Treat worked with Flathead County Search and Rescue/Facebook
Brad Treat worked with Flathead County Search and Rescue/Facebook

h/t The Associated Press Main Photo The Forest Service – Flathead National Forest/Facebook

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