The Charlotte Observer
A grizzly bear killed a missing hiker in Montana, the sheriff’s office said.
Craig Clouatre of Livingston was reported overdue from the Six Mile Creek area on March 24, the Park County Sheriff’s Office and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported.
Search and rescuers looked for Clouatre in the mountains while a helicopter searched for him from above, the sheriff’s office said.
Thermal imaging from the helicopter was conducted into the night, but searchers could still not find the man.
The next day, rescuers found Clouatre’s body and reported he was killed by a grizzly bear, the sheriff’s office said. No further details were provided.
“We will continue to work through the afternoon to bring Craig home,” Sheriff Brad Bichler said in the March 25 Facebook post. “Please keep his family and all those involved in your thoughts and prayers.”
Clouatre was an “experienced outdoorsman,” according to information provided to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.