A camper was killed by a grizzly bear in Ovando early on Tuesday morning, July 6. The Blackfoot Challenge Board and staff are deeply saddened by this tragedy and extend our sincerest condolences to the victim’s family. We are in close contact with MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) who are leading the ongoing investigation and management response. See their most recent press release on the incident here.

The Blackfoot Challenge is working closely with the residents and business owners in Ovando to respond to this event. We will work with the community and agency personnel to implement appropriate strategies and tools to prevent future incidents.

The search for the bear continues at this time, and we will share updates from FWP as they are released. Currently all camping in Ovando is closed through Sunday, July 11.