Officials blame bear collision for man’s death

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UNITED STATES - 2013/09/17: Two year old grizzly bear (captive), Montana, United States. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife authorities are still trying to determine why a 38-year-old mountain biker was killed by a bear while the biker was riding just outside Glacier National Park. They say the biker likely collided with the bear before he was attacked.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said Saturday it was a tragic accident and the search for the bear has been called off. Investigators are still trying to determine if it was a black bear or a grizzly, and whether it might have been a female bear trying to protect her cubs.

Brad Treat, who was a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, was found dead Wednesday by officers at the scene of the mauling. Treat’s riding companion reported the incident and was not attacked.

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