The Latest: No luck in search for killer bear in Montana

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Posted: Jul 01, 2016 4:12 PM
The Latest: No luck in search for killer bear in Montana

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the search for a bear that killed a Montana mountain biker (all times Mountain):

2 p.m.

Montana wildlife officials have been unable to locate the bear that killed a mountain biker earlier this week.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman John Fraley says there has been no activity near the traps or wilderness cameras set up to locate the bear that attacked 38-year-old Brad Treat.

Fraley says the search is continuing Friday, and officials will next update the public on Saturday and discuss their plans to continue looking for the bear.

Treat was a 12-year law enforcement officer for the U.S. Forest Service.

Flathead National Forest spokeswoman Janette Turk says her agency is working with Treat's family in making the funeral arrangements for the West Glacier resident.

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1:10 a.m.

The Montana man killed by a bear near Glacier National Park was intimately familiar with both the beauty and the danger of the wild forest that spreads from the shadows of the park's rugged peaks.

But there was seemingly nothing that former park ranger and longtime U.S. Forest Service law-enforcement officer Brad Treat could do when he surprised the bear on Wednesday. Authorities say the bear knocked him from his mountain bike on a trail in that forest just minutes from his home.

Wildlife officials came up empty Thursday in their search for the bruin that killed the 38-year-old Treat, and they aren't certain whether it is still in the area. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' wildlife response team set up traps, installed wilderness cameras and flew over the area in a helicopter.