Man killed by bear believed to be missing Utah man
North of Dubois
by Wyoming Game and Fish
September 15, 2014
Investigators with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have been and continue to assist the Fremont County Coroner and Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation of the death of a man in the mountains above Dubois, thought to be a missing Utah man. The man had not been heard from since September 5th, and Fremont County Search and Rescue crews discovered what were believed to be the remains of the individual on September 12th. Department investigators were requested to assist after multiple bear tracks were observed at the scene.
Lander Regional Wildlife Supervisor Jason Hunter stated, "we will continue to do everything within our means to assist in the investigation and to ensure public safety. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim."
Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan indicated the pathologist’s preliminary report stated the individual suffered blunt force trauma from a probable bear bite. The Department, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and Fremont County Coroner collected evidence from the scene that is currently being analyzed in an attempt to determine species and gender of the animals involved in the attack.
Hunter indicated there are high densities of grizzly and black bears in the drainage where the body was found and there were tracks and sign of multiple bears in close proximity to the remains. The victims’ remains were found adjacent to two deer carcasses bears had been feeding on.
Game and Fish will be providing further information as it becomes available and the incident remains under investigation. Further inquiries can be directed to the Lander Regional Wildlife Supervisor Jason Hunter at (307) 332-2688.