Father of four, 40, beaten to death by grizzly bear while hiking near Yellowstone – Reuters

A four-year-old father was beaten to death by a grizzly bear while hiking a trail in Montana, police say.

On Wednesday, Craig Cloutare disappeared while walking with a friend in areas of the famous Yellowstone National Park.

Craig Clouatre, 40, disappeared while hiking on WednesdayCredit: Facebook
Cops believe he died after being mutilated by a cruel bear
Cops believe he died after being mutilated by a cruel bearCredit: Facebook
Craig is survived by his wife Jamie and their four children
Craig is survived by his wife Jamie and their four childrenCredit: Facebook

Search teams and helicopters were deployed in a desperate attempt to locate the 40-year-old Montana man.

But on Saturday, police tragically revealed remains had been discovered in the dense Wyoming area.

In a statement, Park County Sheriff Brad Bichler wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I write this update. After a thorough search this morning we located Craig,

“It looks like he encountered a grizzly and sadly didn’t survive.

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“Please keep his family and everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers. »

The man had opened up about his first breakup with his boyfriend when they were allegedly hunting in the woods.

“They split later that morning,” Bichler told Livingston Enterprise.

“When the other man got back to his vehicle and his friend wasn’t there, he called us and we started the search. »

The search focused on the Six Mile Creek area in the Absaroka Mountains.

“We are fortunate to have a group of experienced volunteers in our SAR [Search and Rescue] Team and we are grateful for the people who have helped us,” added Bichler at the time.

“WORKING FAMILY MAN”

When the tragic news broke, Clouatre’s father paid tribute to his late son, who died with his partner and their four children.

“It’s been a joy having a son all along,” David Clouatre told AP.

“He was a good man, a good and hardworking family man. »

His ‘broken’ wife Jamie took to social media – and suggested she should ‘relearn’ how to live her life after the tragic discovery.

“I don’t really have many words right now and I’m not getting back to everyone who has reached out to me,” she wrote on Facebook.

“I loved him (Craig) with every fiber of my being… he was an important part of me and our kids and it’s going to be a struggle for the rest of our lives.” To say we’re broken is an understatement. I have to learn to be and who I am again and stay strong enough for our children.

She continued: “It’s not easy to say, it’s not fair, they don’t deserve it. The support in this community is amazing and I know it comes from Craig… who he was, a delight, a really nice, good, GOOD man.

“There is no one like him in the whole world. Many thanks for everything! We have all lost something and the world is much darker.

A friend of the Clouatre family created a GoFundMe page to raise funds following a tragedy.

As of this writing, he has raised over $57,000.

Helicopters and search parties were deployed to the area earlier this week
Helicopters and search parties were deployed to the area earlier this weekCredit: Facebook
Local teams from the Experienced Volunteers group focused on the Six Mile Creek area in the Absaroka Mountains
Local teams from the Experienced Volunteers group focused on the Six Mile Creek area in the Absaroka MountainsCredit: Facebook

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