(ModernSurvival.org) – While camping near the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana, Leah Davis Lokan was dragged from her tent and mauled to death by a grizzly bear. The 65-year-old Californian was on a mountain biking trip with two companions before falling victim to the bear.
While not all bears are put down following attacks on humans, because this grizzly was not protecting cubs and the mauling was not the result of a surprise encounter, it was deemed a threat. Friday, July 7, wildlife officials set a trap for the grizzly bear at a chicken coop it had been raiding near Ovando, Montana, and shot it.
Campgrounds near Ovando will remain closed until DNA tests confirm the 400-pound animal was the culprit in the campground attack. Officials are confident they shot the correct bear based on eyewitness reports and tracks from both the site of the attack and from the area surrounding the chicken coop.
How to Avoid an Encounter With a Bear
When enjoying the great outdoors, there is always a chance of coming face-to-face with wildlife. While many people may dream of such an encounter, some creatures are better viewed from afar. As the story above demonstrates, bears can and will invade campsites — and the results can be fatal.
So how can a person lessen the chances of encountering a bear in the wild? Here are a few tips:
- Make a lot of noise. Announcing one’s presence in the wild is a good idea. It reduces the chances of surprising an animal and causing it to become defensive or enter “fight or flight” mode.
- NEVER feed a bear. Feeding bears will only encourage them to interact with humans. Also, if the food runs out before it gets full, the bear may decide to add humans to the menu.
- Keep food out of the tent. Never, ever leave food inside the tent. In fact, it is recommended to never even eat food in a tent. The smell will attract wild animals, including bears, and cause them to come and investigate. Tents are notoriously flimsy and will not stop a curious animal from getting in.
- Look big. Try to appear as large as possible. This includes waving arms and moving to higher ground. Make slow movements though, as sudden movement can cause a bear to attack.
- Do Not Yell or Squeal. If a bear is in close proximity, stay calm. Yelling and squealing can lead to an attack.
- Never, ever get between a mother bear and her cubs. Don’t attempt to approach a bear cub, either, even if the mother isn’t visible. Female bears are incredibly protective of their young and will become hostile if they feel threatened.
If a bear does decide to attack, how a person should respond will vary depending on the type of bear. To see how to react, check out our article on how to survive an encounter with a bear.
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