Grizzly bear attacks, kills camper near Ovando
By angelamontana

Posted: July 6, 2021

OVANDO — Armed game wardens in a helicopter searched every creek radiating from the vicinity of a campground where a grizzly bear attacked and killed a bicycle camper before dawn Tuesday.

Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles said the camper, who has not been identified, was attacked about 3:30 a.m. at a campground in the small community on the edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness along the Blackfoot River.

Other campers in the area called 9-1-1 and members of the Ovando and Helmville quick response units attempted to revive the victim.

Roselles said someone at the scene used bear spray, and that the bear left the area before rescuers arrived. It was also suspected of raiding a chicken coop the same night it entered the campground, and may have had encounters with other campers before the attack.

Read more from Rob Chaney with HelenaIR.com here.

(photo credit: Tom Bauer | Missoulian)