A law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service was killed in a bear attack Wednesday on U.S. Forest land in Montana, according to officials according to ABC News.
Brad Treat, 38, of West Glacier, Montana, was fatally attacked by the grizzly bear shortly after 2 p.m. on U.S. Forest land in the Halfmoon Lakes area near West Glacier National Park, Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said Wednesday evening.
“Treat was mountain biking on a trail with another male at the time of the attack,” Sheriff Curry said in a statement. “It appears they likely surprised the bear and Treat was taken off his bike by the bear. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The second rider was able to exit the area to summon help and was not injured or involved in the attack.”
Sheriff Curry described Treat “an integral member of our area law enforcement team and a friend to us all.”
Treat’s sister-in-law, Melissa Treat, told ABC News he was “amazing man, an all around stand up guy, a devoted husband, amazing brother, loving son and loyal friend.”
“He would go above and beyond to help those in need,” Melissa said.
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