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Officials blame bear collision for man's death

Posted at 12:08 PM, Jul 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 15:08:04-04

The Latest on the investigation of mountain biker killed by a bear:

Montana wildlife authorities are still trying to determine why a 38-year-old mountain biker was killed by a bear while the biker was riding just outside Glacier National Park. They say the biker likely collided with the bear before he was attacked.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said Saturday it was a tragic accident and the search for the bear has been called off. Investigators are still trying to determine if it was a black bear or a grizzly, and whether it might have been a female bear trying to protect her cubs.

Brad Treat, who was a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, was found dead Wednesday by officers at the scene of the mauling. Treat's riding companion reported the incident and was not attacked.