Grizzly bear that pulled woman from tent and mauled her to death shot after hunt

A 400-pound grizzly bear that pulled a camper out of her tent in a fatal attack has been shot dead following a three day hunt.

Leah Lokan, 65, was camping in Montana on Tuesday when she was pulled out of her tent by the male bear which then mauled her to death.

Officials immediately began searching for the bear and eventually found it at a chicken coop on Friday, where they gunned it down.

Prior to Tuesday's attack, the bear had been seen roaming the town of Ovando, where Leah had been camping.

It initially woke some campers but then ran away before returning to the area.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said at around 3.30am the bear pulled Leah out of her tent and began mauling her to death.

The two people in the tent adjacent to the victim were woken by sounds of the attack and sprayed it with bear spray until it left.

At some point during the night the bear also got into a chicken coop in the town, killing and eating several chickens.

A search for the bear was immediately launched, and the local sheriff said: "Traps have been set in the area and searching will continue by ground and in the air with the priority of keeping the public safe from another encounter."

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The search was unsuccessful until early on Friday morning when multiple bear sightings were reported, less than two miles from the site of Leah's death.

A resident had come home to find her door ripped off, which was found with large claw marks across it.

Armed officials with night vision technology shot the male grizzly bear dead in the area.

DNA samples from the bear were sent to a testing facility to be compared with those found at the scene of the attack.

Early indications are that this is likely the bear that killed the camper.

Grizzly bears are common in the Blackfoot Valley where Ovando is located, but fatal attacks are rare.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said including Tuesday's attack, there have only been three in the past 20 years.

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