Grizzly bear shot after killing US woman

Amy Beth Hanson and Matthew BrownAAP
Wildlife officials set several traps to catch a grizzly bear in the Montana wilderness.
Camera IconWildlife officials set several traps to catch a grizzly bear in the Montana wilderness. Credit: AP

A grizzly bear that pulled a California woman from her tent and killed her this week has been shot dead by wildlife officials.

They used night-vision goggles staked out a chicken coop that the animal raided near the small Montana town where the woman was attacked.

The bear was shot in the early hours of Friday when it approached a trap set near the coop about three kilometres from Ovando, where Leah Davis Lokan, 65, was killed on Tuesday, Greg Lemon of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said.

"Based on the size of the bear, the colour of the bear and the nature of the chicken coop raids, we're confident we've got the offending bear," he said.

The estimated 181-kilogram bear awakened Lokan and her companions in a nearby tent early on Tuesday.

After the bear ran away, the campers removed food from their tents, secured it and went back to sleep, Montana wildlife officials say.

About an hour later, the sheriff's office received an emergency call after two people in a tent near the victim's were awakened by sounds of the attack.

They used bear spray, and the animal ran away.

Authorities hunted for the animal over three days, using helicopters and searchers on the ground and setting large traps baited with roadkill.

Ovando borders a huge expanse of forested land that is home to an estimated 1000 grizzlies.

Bear attacks on people are relatively rare, particularly in inhabited areas.

In neighbouring Idaho, a female bear with her cub attacked and injured a man running on a trail on Friday.

His injuries were not life-threatening and he was taken to a hospital.

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