- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on the investigation of mountain biker killed by a bear (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Montana wildlife authorities are still trying to determine why a 38-year-old mountain biker was killed by a bear while the biker was riding just outside Glacier National Park. They say the biker likely collided with the bear before he was attacked.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said Saturday it was a tragic accident and the search for the bear has been called off. Investigators are still trying to determine if it was a black bear or a grizzly, and whether it might have been a female bear trying to protect her cubs.

Brad Treat, who was a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, was found dead Wednesday by officers at the scene of the mauling. Treat’s riding companion reported the incident and was not attacked.

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9:30 a.m.

Montana wildlife officials say a 38-year-old mountain biker who was killed by a bear while riding just outside Glacier National Park likely collided with the bear before he was attacked.

Following an investigation, they have removed bear traps and cameras used to find the bear, and they called off the search.

Brad Treat, who was a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, was found dead Wednesday by officers at the scene of the mauling. Treat’s riding companion reported the incident and was not attacked.

Wildlife response team investigator Brian Sommers says he believes Treat was riding at a high rate of speed along a narrow trail and hit the bear.

Authorities say visibility was limited and they believe the collision was unavoidable.

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