Livingston man dies in apparent grizzly attack

By 
Scott Shindledecker — Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, March 25, 2022
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Park County law enforcement officials said a Livingston man who went missing Wednesday in the Six Mile Creek area of Paradise Valley appears to have died after an encounter with a grizzly bear.

Park County Sheriff Brad Bichler posted on the department’s Facebook page Friday afternoon that searchers found Craig Clouatre.

“It appears he had an encounter with a grizzly and unfortunately did not survive,” Bichler wrote. “We will continue to work through the afternoon to bring Craig home. Please keep his family and all those involved in your thoughts and prayers.”

Bichler said Clouatre and a friend went into the area to possibly hunt for antler sheds Wednesday morning. 

“They split up at some point later in the morning,” Bichler said. “When the other man returned to their vehicle and his friend wasn’t there, he called us and we began searching Wednesday night.”

The search continued throughout Thursday and resumed Friday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office’s search included its Search and Rescue volunteer team as well as several area residents who volunteered. Searchers included ground teams as well as those on horseback and helicopter crews. The search group also included personnel from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks as well as the U.S. Forest Service.

“We’re fortunate to have a group of experienced volunteers on our SAR team and we’re thankful for the folks who have come to help,” Bichler said.

Rocky Mountain Rotors, based at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, assisted by taking searchers into areas that would normally take hours to reach on foot and Two Bear Air, based at Glacier Park International Airport in Flathead National Park, used thermal imaging equipment Thursday night in an attempt to locate the missing man.

“We appreciate the community outreach, which is normal here in Park County,” Bichler said.

 

 

 

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