40-year-old father-of-four Craig Clouatre of Livingstone in Montana was found dead in Yellowstone National Park in the state on Friday morning, March 25, writes Fox News.
The man was last seen on Wednesday, March 23, when he and his friend separated while on a walk. They had agreed to meet in the parking lot that afternoon.
– They split up in the morning, and when the friend got back in the car they were driving, and Clouatre wasn’t there, he called us, police chief Brad Bichler at police in Montana told the local newspaper Livingston Company.
Yellowstone National Park is the largest in the world at 8,991 square kilometers.
– Encounter with a grizzly bear
When search and rescue crews found the 40-year-old man two days later, Bichler police chief said they had every reason to believe the man had been attacked by a grizzly bear.
«It is with a heavy heart that I write this update. After extensive searching this morning, we found Craig. Looks like he ran into a grizzly bear and unfortunately didn’t survive. We’ll continue to work into the afternoon to bring Craig home. Get the family and everyone involved in their thoughts and prayers“, wrote the police chief on Facebook after discovery.
On Sunday night Norwegian time, Bichler arrived with the latest news that he had visited the Clouatre family, and spoken to the survivors.
«I visited Craig’s wife this morning, and she told me that Craig loves being outdoors, in the wild – and that he is well aware of the risks involved.»
Based on national park website in 2019, there were 729 grizzly bears in the Yellowstone area.
House lost in fire
Just a few days ago, a crown scroll was made for the survivors of Clouatre.
«It is with great sadness that I make this crown scroll. I started a GoFundMe site so people can donate money to their families after this heartbreaking tragedy», wrote family friend Kristin Wachob.
Apart from the current loss of Clouatre, nearly all of the family’s assets were lost in a house fire two years ago.
“I love him”
Jamie Clouatre’s wife signed website for krone roll that he is empty of words.
«I cherish all the feelings and memories of the most amazing person I have ever known – my husband. I love him with every fiber of my body.
He is an important part of me and our children, and it will be a battle we will have to fight for the rest of our lives.», wrote Jamie, while thanking him for all the support.
At the time of writing, a total of 661,000 Norwegian kroner has been collected for the 40-year-old family.
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