EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)- a Chico, California resident was killed by a bear in a small town in Montana early this Tuesday morning.
65 year old Leah Lokan was a long time cyclist who made a stop in Ovino, Montana. She was killed by a grizzly bear that ran through her tent and dragged her out.
The Ovino community is devastated. Residents say they see bears frequently but they have never been this aggressive.
“We have a lot of experience and encounters with bears. We have one of the highest grizzly bear populations in the lower 48,” said Nick Hessler, Ovino resident.”
Hessler said the community is very small, with a population of only 60 people. They are following safety precautions as well as helping out any way they can.
“We are actively looking obviously. We have traps set up for the bear. There’s five of them in town,” said Hessler.”
The bear has not been captured yet by local authorities. Residents and nearby towns are encouraged to stay alert and while people continue to set out food and traps.