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By Roger Dey
Editor - Blackfoot Valley Dispatch 

Empathy, kindness and curiosity follows fatal bear attack


Kathy Schoedoerfer, Blackfoot Angler

New signs in Ovando remind people they are in bear country.

OVANDO - In the wake of a tragic grizzly attack that claimed the life of visiting cyclist Leah Lokan on July 6, Ovando has seen an outpouring of support as it makes plans to ensure nothing like that ever happens again.

A retired registered nurse and an avid mountain biker, Lokan, 64, was eight days into a trip along a portion of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route with her sister Kim Lokan and a friend, Katie Boerner.

Lokan opted to spend her night in Ovando in her tent, in a camping area near the Ovando Post Office. A male grizzly entered the area in the early hours of July 6, but camper...

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