Grizzlies kill Wyoming man as bear season stalled by lawsuit (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
Mark Uptain, 37, a father of five, was mauled by two grizzly bears while trying to pack an elk out of the woods near Yellowstone National Park last week. A federal judge had previously blocked Wyoming’s grizzly season, which had been scheduled to begin Sept. 1. (Photo: GoFundMe)
Two grizzly bears believed tied to a fatal attack on an area man have been killed by state conservation officials.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced Monday that they are close to finalizing their investigation into the death of a local hunting elk guide and injury of his client that occurred last Friday. Killed near the border of Yellowstone National Park near Jackson Hole was Mark Uptain, 37, a father of five.
“The investigation revealed the two men approached the undisturbed elk carcass and there was no sign of bears in the immediate area of the carcass,” said Brad Hovinga, WGFD’s Jackson regional wildlife supervisor. “It was after they started field dressing the elk that the attack happened.”
While Uptain’s client, Corey Chubon, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, was flown to an area hospital by helicopter, authorities were not able to find Uptain’s body until Saturday. The experienced guide had fatal injuries consistent with a