A man’s body was recovered north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana after he went missing earlier this week while hiking. Local authorities suspect that he was killed by a grizzly bear.
The hiker was identified as Craig Clouatre of Livingston, the Livingston Enterprise reported. Details have yet to be provided on where he was found. Clouatre was a father of four, Fox News reports, and on Friday, authorities were working to return the Clouatre’s body to his family, Park County Sheriff Brad Bichler wrote in a social media post.
Search teams were dispatched via foot and helicopter to look for Clouatre after went hiking on Wednesday morning with a friend, potentially to hunt for antlers, but never came back from the hike, according to Buckrail. The search started that same night, focusing on the Six Mile Creek area of Montana’s Absaroka Mountains, positioned roughly 30 miles south of Livingston.
State wildlife officials have responded to the scene but Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks spokesperson Greg Lemon said he had no further information. The area in which Clouatre was found is known to have a population of grizzly bears, which are starting to come out of hibernation at this time of year.