A four-year-old father was beaten to death by a grizzly bear while hiking a trail in Montana, police believe.
Craig Cloutare disappeared Wednesday while hiking with a pal through the area’s famous Yellowstone National Park.
Search teams and helicopters were deployed in a desperate attempt to locate the 40-year-old from Montana.
But on Saturday, police tragically revealed remains were discovered in the dense Wyoming region.
In a statement, Park County Sheriff Brad Bichler wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that I write this update. After extensive searching this morning we found Craig,
“It appears he had an encounter with a grizzly and unfortunately did not survive.
“Please keep his family and everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers.”
The man had initially split from his boyfriend when they were reportedly hunting for antlers.
“They broke up sometime later that morning,” Bichler told the 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 came to help,” Bichler added at the time.
“HARD-WORKING FAMILY MAN”
When the tragic news broke, Clouattre’s father paid tribute to his late son, who had lived a life with his partner and their four children.
“It was a pleasure to have him as a son,” David Clouatre told AP.
“He was a good man, a good, hard-working family man.”
His ‘broken’ wife Jamie took to social media – and hinted she was having to ‘relearn’ how to live her life after the tragic find.
“I don’t really have many words right now and I’m not reaching out 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 need to relearn how to be and who I am and stay strong enough for our children.”
She continued: “Not an easy way to put it, that’s not fair, they don’t deserve this. The support in this community is incredible and I know it comes from Craig… who he was, a joy, a really kind, good, GOOD man.
“There is no one like him in the whole world. Many thanks for everything! We’ve all lost something and the world has gotten a lot darker.”
A friend of the Clouatre family set one up GoFundMe Page to raise funds after tragedy.
At the time of writing, more than $57,000 has been raised.
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