Grizzly Bear That Dragged Woman from Tent and Killed Her Is Shot Dead in Montana

by Jon D. B.

After a tense 3-day hunt, the grizzly bear responsible for Leah Davis Lokan’s horrible death has been shot after several more local incidents.

With the aid of night vision goggles, Montana wildlife officials have fatally shot the grizzly responsible for dragging 65-year-old Lokan from her tent earlier this week, killing her.

According to the Associated Press, officials set multiple traps. One set outside a chicken coop the bear raided within 24 hours of Lokan’s tragic, unusual death, would prove successful. The grizzly approached the trap, set approx. 2 miles (3 km) from Ovando.

Ovando is the small Montana town where Chico, Cali. resident Leah Davis Lokan was pulled from her tent. The grizzly would maul her to death there as nearby campers overheard.

There, the grizzly bear was shot by federal wildlife workers this past midnight, cites Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Greg Lemon.

“Based on the size of the bear, the color of the bear and the nature of the chicken coop raids, we’re confident we’ve got the offending bear,” Lemon tells AP. He adds that the tracks found at the coop also match those of Lokan’s killer.

Local Sheriff’s Provide Ovando Grizzly Bear Update

The Powell County Sheriff’s Office is also keeping the public up to date on the situation on Facebook. Their latest post (via Friday morning) provides an “Update on the Ovando Grizzly”:

“Over the last couple of days, Officials have followed up on multiple bear sightings in the Ovando area. Last night, the Powell County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a resident who came home and found her door ripped off and large claw marks were present.”

Powell County Sheriff’s Office

With samples of the bear’s DNA from both the site of Lokan’s death and the bear’s killing, local officials hope to have a positive ID on the grizzly within three days. Until authorities can 100% confirm they have the same bear, however, Ovando’s outdoor campsites will remain closed.

Ovando’s Undeniable ‘Public Safety Hazard’

As for the grizzly bear‘s death, Ovando’s Dona Aitken tells the Associated Press that it will bring relief and closure.

“Everybody recognizes this as really abnormal behavior to actually attack somebody sleeping in a tent in town,” she offers. “I think we still don’t have a good answer for why he did that.”

While bear attacks on humans are still rare, they are an ever-prevalent possibility in bear country. The behavior on display by this particular grizzly bear, however, is highly unusual regardless.

The death of a human by a bear does not always result in the killing of said bear. If the mauling results from either the protecting of cubs or a surprise encounter, the bear typically survives. The grizzly bear responsible for Lokan’s horrific death and nearby happenstances, however, would remain an undeniable “public safety hazard.”