On June 29th, 2016 Brad Treat, a Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer, was riding his mountain bike with a friend near West Glacier Montana on a trail called the “Outer Loop” in the Flathead National Forest in the “Green Gates Trails” system when he came around a corner with limited visibility and hit a Grizzly Bear. The investigation reported that his shoes were clipped into his bike as he went over the handle bars and fell breaking both of his wrist and his left shoulder. The report says that neither the bear nor the man saw each other. The bear had made a “rargh” type of sound after a thud was heard by the companion. The bear then attacked Treat. Details are outlined in the report below.
Board of Review Report: The Death of Mr. Brad Treat due to a Grizzly Bear Attack June 29th, 2016 on the Flathead National Forest
Excerpts of the Report Issued:
Released March 3, 2017
Due to the nature of the attack, the bear was not seen as predatory. The attack was determined as a surprise encounter turned deadly. The bear was identified through DNA taken from a research project in 2006 as a 18-20 year old Male Grizzly that was never reported as having a human-bear conflicts or aggression. In 2006 the bear was thought to be 8-10 years- old and 370lbs.
It is advised that anyone that hikes or bikes in bear country should carry bear spray and or a firearm as well as a cell phone or way to call for help. It is reported that neither of the mountain bikers were carrying any of these things.