Grizzly bear victims knew the risks of living with bears, friends say

Billings, Montana. (AP) — Grizzly bears are part of life in the gateway community around Yellowstone National Park, and backcountry snowmobile guide Charles “Carl” Mock is working, hiking, and hiking among horrifying carnivores. I was familiar with the risks associated with fishing. ..

The mock was killed after being beaten by a male grizzly bear weighing over 400 pounds (181 kilograms) while fishing alone at a favorite location on the Madison River in Montana. ..

The bear was hiding a moose carcass nearby, and wildlife officials say it was likely to have attacked the mock to protect food. The grizzly was shot after assaulting a group of seven game guards and bear experts who returned the next day.

The bear spray residue found on Mock’s clothing was that he tried to avoid last week’s attack using a deterrent canister like Mace, which is considered an integral part of the backcountry. Suggested. According to two friends, he usually also had a pistol, but it wasn’t the day he was killed a few miles north of the small town of West Yellowstone where he lived.

Some social media questioned the inherent dangers of such a lifestyle after Mock’s death, but those who knew him were in elks, deer, wolves, and other wildlife. He said he accepted the risk as a trade-off for spending time in the wilderness.

“People don’t understand that it’s our daily activity for us living here,” says Scott, who has fished, hunted, hiked, and kayaked many times in the last decade. Riley said.

West Yellowstone has more than 900 full-time residents, but one of the park’s front doors attracts a large number of summer tourists.

“Two nights after Karl was beaten, there were bears in town. I’m not tempted to run around in the woods. They are everywhere,” he said. Riley, who runs a snowmobile dealership in West Yellowstone, said.

Mock, 40, was found by a rescue team leaning against a tree with a bear spray canister in his hand when he called 911 after the beating, his father Chuck Mock said. Billings Gazette. His other hand was “cut off” when he tried to protect himself.

One of the animal’s teeth pierced his skull, and Mock died two days later after undergoing a major surgery at Idaho Hospital.

There are more than 700 bears in the Yellowstone region, which spans Montana, Idaho, and parts of Wyoming. Fatal attacks on humans are rare, but have increased in recent decades as grizzly bear populations have increased and more people have moved to rural areas near bear habitats.

Since 2010, grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region have killed eight people, including mock. The last dead around West Yellowstone, remembered by Mayor Jerry Johnson, was in 1983 when a 600-pound (272 kilogram) bear dragged a Wisconsin man out of his tent at the Rainbow Point campsite north of the town. It happened when I killed him.

Grizzly bears are protected under federal law other than Alaska. Members of the parliamentary delegation in the area have lifted protection and introduced legislation permitting grizzly hunting.

According to his father, Mock was “in awe” of Yellowstone from an early age and moved from Idaho to West Yellowstone about 10 years ago. For the past five years, he has worked as a guide for a Johnson-owned snowmobile tour company. According to Johnson, he was known for helping his friends and loving outdoor adventures.

Mock’s community memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone. According to Johnson, his relatives will hold a private funeral.

Riley said he and Mock had encountered wild bears many times. Sometimes grizzly bears bluff charge and run with Riley and mock, but always retreat before last week’s attack.

“I had a bear spray 100 times, but I didn’t have to use it,” Riley said. “What happened to Karl can happen to anyone who steps into these forests at any time … if the forest kills me, the forest kills me.”