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Victim of bear attack near West Glacier has been identified

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Officials are searching for the bear along a trail leading up to Halfmoon Lake. (Dax VanFossen photo) Officials are searching for the bear along a trail leading up to Halfmoon Lake. (Dax VanFossen photo)
The attack on the pair of bicyclists took place about a mile up the trail leading to Half Moon Lake, according to Flathead County Undersheriff Dave Lieb The attack on the pair of bicyclists took place about a mile up the trail leading to Half Moon Lake, according to Flathead County Undersheriff Dave Lieb
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Wildlife officials and law enforcement officers are continuing to search for a bear or bears that attacked and killed a 38 year old West Glacier resident on his bicycle on Wednesday near the town of West Glacier.

The attack on the pair of bicyclists took place about a mile up the trail leading to Half Moon Lake, and according to Flathead County Undersheriff Dave Lieb, it was a very sudden attack.

The victim has been identified at Brad Treat of West Glacier, a career law enforcement officer with the Flathead National Forest.

It appears that Treat and his companion surprised the bear on the trail which may have led to the attack.

A press release from Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says that Treat was "taken off his bike" by the bear, and was pronounced dead on the scene. The second rider was able to escape the area to get help and was not injured or involved in the attack. 

Authorities are asking visitors and area residents to stay out of the area until the bear in question is captured. 

Initially, authorities believed it was a grizzly bear that attacked, but now are not certain whether it was a grizzly or a black bear.

Undersheriff Lieb said, "At this point and time the Forest Service is closing the entire area, from Desert Mountain to Coram, over to West Glacier, so that area is closed until further notice."

The incident is being investigated by the Wildlife Human Attack Response Team of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; the U.S Forest Service; and the Flathead County Sheriff's Office. 

Sheriff Chuck curry says that Treat was an integral member of law enforcement and a friend to all. 

He says the department's thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.


(First Report, 5:51 p.m.) A person was killed by a grizzly bear on Wednesday near West Glacier.

The name of the person has not yet been released.

Brandy Arnoux with the Flathead County Sheriff's Office said that the person was killed one mile south of West Glacier near the KOA Campground at about 4 p.m.

The bear who killed the person is described as a sow that was seen with two cubs.

Officials are searching but have not found the bear yet, and are asking people in the area to stay off West Glacier-area trails until the bear is found. 

We have also confirmed that several people were attacked by the bear. The nature and extent of their injuries is not yet known.

Officials are now trying to recover the body of the victim.

We will update you as we get more information.

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