Leah Davis Lokan, of Chico, California, was on a long-distance bicycling trip when a grizzly bear attacked her in western Montana. The bear pulled her from her tent and killed her. Fellow campers in an adjacent tent could use bear spray to ward off the estimated 400-pound animal around 3:30 a.m.
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) officials said the bear had previously stumbled across the site around 3 a.m., where Lokan and a couple were camping near a post office. The bear ran away after waking the three campers, who removed food from their tents, secured it, and went back to bed.
About 15 minutes later, the bear was captured in surveillance footage at a business less than a block away from the post office. Officials added that the bear got into a chicken coop at some point during the night and ate several chickens.
The bear has not yet been located. However, when it is, it will be put down. DNA from the bear was also collected at the scene of the attack and will be analyzed, wildlife officials said. They added that if the bear is caught in one of the traps, DNA can be “quickly” compared to determine if it was the same animal.