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'When Biking and Bears Don't Mix: death of biker/ranger Brad Treat in Glacier in 2016

Old 10-07-19, 10:10 PM
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'When Biking and Bears Don't Mix: death of biker/ranger Brad Treat in Glacier in 2016

'The death of a ranger, Brad Treat, in 2016 was a wake-up call for grizzly bear biologists.
'Mr. Treat, an avid mountain biker, was zipping along at about 25 miles an hour through dense forest near Glacier National Park in the middle of a summer afternoon when he collided with a large male grizzly bear.
'Apparently startled, the bear reacted defensively and quickly killed him. A witness couldn't see what happened but could hear it. "I heard a thud and an `argh,'" the unnamed witness told investigators. Then the bear made a noise "like it was hurt." The bear disappeared before emergency responders arrived.
'Dr. Christopher Servheen, who led the committee that investigated Mr. Treat's death, said the accident prompted him to speak out publicly against recreational sports in the areas where grizzlies live.'

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Yep, people always seem to think that Australia is dangerous for MTB, but I will take a few snakes and spiders over bears, mountain lions etc anytime.

Never yet heard of an MTBer being eaten by a Great White Shark or Crocodile either.
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We have numerous black bears and the occasional grizzly around here. The secret to survival is: don’t zip along a trail going 25 mph!

While I feel sorry for the cyclist and his family it’s time for a reality check. What if it had been a hiker or a fellow biker that had fallen? Stay in control at a reasonable speed recognizing that we share these trails with others including other species - some of whom may get seriously pissed off if you ride into them!
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