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Wildlife Officials Are Hunting The Bear That Killed A Mountain Biker

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On Thursday, June 30th, wildlife officials in Montana's Glacier National Park set traps and scouted the woods by helicopter for the bear that attacked and killed a U.S. Forest Service employee as he rode a mountain bike along a trail. 38-year-old Brad Treat was knocked off his bike Wednesday after he and another rider apparently surprised the bear — a grizzly, according to initial accounts — in the Flathead National Forest. The other rider, whose name was not released, was not hurt. Finding the animal will be difficult because bears can range for miles and the area is dense with grizzlies, an estimated 1,000 live in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, which includes the park. Officials said is too soon to say what will be done to the bear if it is found. They are trying to determine if it was a mother with cubs, whether it was protecting a food cache nearby or whether it simply reacted to the surprise appearance of the bikers,