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The remains of Craig Clouatre, 40, of Livingston, were discovered Friday by the Park County Search and Rescue Department near Yellowstone National Park.
Clouatre went missing after hiking in the Six Mile Creek area of Paradise Valley on Wednesday, according to The Living Enterprise.
Park County Sheriff Brad Bichler confirmed Clouatre’s death in a statement Saturday.
‘It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing this update. After an extensive search this morning, we have located Craig,” Bichler wrote. “He looks like he had an encounter with a grizzly bear and unfortunately didn’t survive.”
“Please keep his family and everyone involved in his thoughts and prayers.”
The father of four died in a suspected grizzly bear attack while hiking in a Montana park
On Wednesday, search teams on the ground and in helicopters were searching for Clouatre after he failed to return from a hike that morning.
He had gone with a friend, but the pair split up, possibly to hunt antlers.
‘They parted sometime later in the morning. When the other man returned to his vehicle and his friend was not there, he called us and we began searching on Wednesday night.
The search began that night and focused on the Six Mile Creek area of the Absaroka Mountains, located about 30 miles south of Livingston, Montana.
“We are fortunate to have a group of experienced volunteers on our SAR [Search and Rescue] team and we are grateful for the people who have come to help,” Bichler told the newspaper.
Authorities were working Friday to return Clouatre’s body to his family, Bichler said in a social media post.
Clouatre’s father told The Associated Press that his son grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Montana more than two decades ago, where Clouatre met his future wife, Jamie, and decided to make a home.
Clouatre grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Montana more than two decades ago, where Clouatre met his future wife, Jamie, and decided to make a home.
Jamie shared a tribute to her husband today saying that she will have to “relearn how to be and who I am…for our children.”
Clouatre and his family, pictured, had just suffered a fire in his house two years ago, from which the family was still recovering at the time of Clouatre’s death.
The restaurant held a charity event for the Clouatre family after their house burned down two years ago. Tanner said they had recently recovered from the fire.
“He was finally getting his house together,” she said.
‘It just makes me angry that something like this could happen to such a good person… Of all the men I know, I can’t believe he died in the desert. He was so strong and so smart.
State wildlife officials were responding to the scene, but Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Greg Lemon said he had no further information.
Since 2010, grizzlies in the Yellowstone region have killed at least eight people.
Among them was a field guide killed by a bear last year along Yellowstone’s western border. Guide Charles ‘Carl’ Mock died in April after being mauled by a 400-plus-pound male grizzly bear while fishing alone at a favorite spot on Montana’s Madison River, where he spills out of the park.
Grizzlies are protected by federal law outside of Alaska. Elected officials in the Yellowstone region are pushing to lift protections and allow hunting of grizzly bears.
The Yellowstone region that encompasses parts of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming has more than 700 bears.
Fatal attacks on humans are rare, but have increased in recent decades as the grizzly bear population has grown and more people have moved into rural areas near bear habitat.
Clouatre leaves behind a wife, Jamie, and their four children. A GoFundMe for his family raised more than $55,000 of a $75,000 goal as of Sunday morning.