By Seth Wilson
Executive Director, Blackfoot Challenge 

Blackfoot Challenge responds to fatal grizzly bear incident with community members


Kathy Schoedoerfer, Blackfoot Angler

A modified and strengthened military food container sits on a table near the Ovando Hoosgow in downtown Ovando. The containers will serve as a bear-proof food box for the three primary camping areas in Ovando until newer storage boxes arrive.

The recent death of Leah Lokan from a grizzly bear mauling while camping in Ovando on July 6 has reinforced the need to maintain and enhance efforts to protect human safety and to reduce conflicts with grizzly bears in our communities. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and the Blackfoot Challenge Board of Directors and staff offer our sincerest condolences to Lokan's family, friends and loved ones. We also want to thank the first responders and the community of Ovando for their professional and rapid response to this unfortunate incident.

While this type of incident is extremely ra...

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