A grizzly bear returned to kill a feminine camper, simply an hour after she had scared it off.
Leah Davis Lokan, 65, had been tenting with buddies in Ovando, Montana, when a grizzly bear appeared by her tent at 3 a.m whereas she slept, a report from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee stated.
Lokan was awoken by the bear “huff[ing] by her head,” the report stated. Her buddies, Joe and Kim Cole, awoke with Lokan frantically saying: “Bear, bear!”
The Coles urged that Lokan keep in a lodge that evening, nevertheless she declined. She moved her meals into a close-by constructing to try to forestall the bear from coming again and he or she additionally took bear spray again to mattress together with her.
However about an hour later, the grizzly bear returned.
Joe Cole woke as soon as extra to find Lokan was being attacked by the identical bear, the report stated. He emerged from his tent and used bear spray, making loud noises in makes an attempt to scare it away. Kim Coles then adopted him, blowing a whistle.
The bear could possibly be seen “pouncing up and down” on Lokan and her tent, the report stated.
It then turned in the direction of the buddies’ as they approached nearer, and left the scene.
While nonetheless erect, the bear had dragged the tent about eight to 10 toes. Lokan’s physique was half exterior of the tent, not shifting. A close to empty can of bear spray was discovered on the scene.
The bear hadn’t tried to eat Lokan, the report stated, nevertheless it broke her neck and he or she died immediately from her accidents.
Authorities did not discover any meals contained in the tent, however they found snacks together with beef jerky, crackers and seeds inside saddle baggage connected to the sufferer’s bike, which had been leaning 10 toes away from the tent.
The bear additionally raided a hen pen simply hours after the assault, in keeping with DNA checks. The male grizzly was discovered and euthanized a number of days after the assault.
There are an estimated 1,800 to 2,000 grizzly bears within the state of Montana. The bear that killed Lokan weighed 417 kilos. Grizzly bears have a status for being aggressive, however they do not normally assault people until they’re provoked.
Bears which have turn into food-conditioned pose extra of a hazard, and people who get used to human meals normally lose their worry of individuals. That makes them bolder and extra prone to assault if somebody will get in the way in which of meals.
The report stated that this explicit grizzly had proven indicators of being extremely “food-conditioned.”
In only a 48-hour interval, he went on a hen bloodbath, raiding two hen coops and feeding on “large amounts of uncontained chicken feed.”
He was additionally captured on video, roaming downtown Ovando through the evening. It’s suspected he was in search of out rubbish.
This explicit bear was additionally the suspected offender for a trailer break in. The report stated that is “another learned behavior common to food conditioned bears.”