BILLINGS, Montana (The Billings Gazette) — Authorities say a mountain biker was attacked by a grizzly bear Monday near the southern Montana community of Big Sky.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen told the Billings Gazette that the man was able to walk away and find help.

The man, in his 60s, was airlifted to a hospital with injuries to his face and back and is stable in critical condition.

Jacobsen said the attack did not appear to be predatory. The trail is closed during the investigation.

Authorities are not searching for the bear.

Jacobsen reminded people in bear country to carry bear spray, stay in groups, watch for signs of the animals and keep away from areas with animal carcasses.

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