JACKSON, Wyo. — Wyoming officials have trapped and killed two grizzly bears they believe killed a hunting outfitter and injured his client.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional supervisor Brad Hovinga said Sunday the grizzlies killed match the description of those that killed 37-year-old outfitter Mark Uptain.
Uptain’s body was found Saturday in the Teton Wilderness east of Grand Teton National Park. Corey Chubon of Florida had leg, chest and arm injuries but was soon released from a hospital.
Sarah Uptain, left, with her husband Mark, right, who was killed after being attacked by two grizzly bears
Mark Uptain (pictured in a green t-shirt), with his family, wife Sarah is second from right.
Uptain, a married father of five, was attacked on September 14 as he worked as a guide.
Rauli Perry, a family friend has set up a GoFundMe page, to help support his widow Sarah which raised more than $30,000 within its first 24 hours.
She wrote ‘Mark Uptain passed away in a tragic hunting accident on September 14th.
‘He was doing one of activities he had extreme passion for.
‘An experienced hunting guide in the backcountry of Wyoming. While preparing to pack a Elk out, Mark was attacked by a Bear and sadly did not make it.
Hovinga suspects the bears were a sow and its grown cub. He tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide the bears weren’t behaving normally.
The men planned to retrieve an elk Chubon had killed on Thursday but were unable to retrieve.
The bears apparently weren’t feeding on the elk or guarding the meat.
They returned on Friday, when they were attacked.
The attack continues to be investigated.