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Cyclist in northern US killed by grizzly bear

A grizzly bear roaming near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park (06 July 2011) Image copyright AP
Image caption Grizzly bear populations had been declining rapidly, leading to them being listed as threatened species in 1975

A grizzly bear has attacked and killed a cyclist just outside the Glacier National Park in the northern US state of Montana, police say.

The victim was killed on Wednesday about a mile from a West Glacier campground.

The authorities say armed police officers are searching for the bear but gave no further details.

Bear attacks are rare in the area with only 10 deaths reported since the park was created in 1910.

The dead cyclist was a 38-year-old officer with the US Forest Service, Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told Daily Inter Lake.com.

Officials say the grizzly confronted two cyclists on a trail after they disturbed it.

The dead rider was taken off his saddle by the bear and the other rode off to get help.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced plans to remove grizzly bears from the threatened species list.


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Grizzly facts

  • Scientists call it the North American brown bear
  • There are 20,000 grizzlies in Canada, in Alaska, there are 30,000
  • In other US states there are an estimated 1,400-1,700
  • Listed as threatened species in 1975
  • Threatened by habitat loss due to logging, development, mining, human contact
  • Creation of special parks has led to some regeneration

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