Wildlife officials said that around 3 a.m., an approximately 400-pound male grizzly bear pulled Leah Davis Lokan, 65, of Chico, California, from her tent in the small western Montana town of Ovando, and mauled her.

Lokan was on a long-distance bicycling trip and was camping with two fellow bicyclists near the post office.

She was fatally attacked early Tuesday, said Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks officials as they provided more details.

Bear attacks are extremely rare. Usually, bears that maul people are not exterminated, especially if it is a surprise encounter or if a bear was defending its cubs.

Greg Lemon, a spokesperson for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, said that the bear involved would be killed when it is found.



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