Story at a glance

  • A guide died Saturday just days after being mauled by a grizzly bear while fishing near Yellowstone National Park.
  • Mock’s employer Backcountry Adventures said in a Facebook statement Saturday that his death came as a surprise after he underwent what they believed to be two successful surgeries.
  • “We would like to let you know that early this morning Carl suffered a massive stroke and sadly, he didn’t make it through.”

A guide died Saturday days after being mauled by a grizzly bear while fishing near Yellowstone National Park. 

Charles Mock of West Yellowstone was attacked by the bear Thursday while fishing alone, CNN reported. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department said in a statement April 16 that Mock “had bear spray with him, but it’s unclear whether he was able to deploy it during the attack.” He was treated at Idaho Falls for severe injuries. 

Mock’s employer Backcountry Adventures said in a Facebook statement Saturday that his death came as a surprise after he underwent what they believed to be two successful surgeries. 

“We would like to let you know that early this morning Carl suffered a massive stroke and sadly, he didn’t make it through,” the statement said. “This comes as a terrible shock and is heartbreaking to all us, since both the surgeries went so well.”


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Seven investigators went to the scene of the attack Friday to determine whether a safety risk existed, according to the parks department news release. The group made noises to ward off any potential attacks, but an older male grizzly bear charged them before they reached their destination. The bear was fatally shot about 20 yards from the investigators. 

“Investigators later found a moose carcass cached within 50 yards of Thursday’s attack. This indicates the bear was defending a food source during the attack,” the statement said. 

The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department said in the statement that grizzly bears in the lower 48 states are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 


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Published on Apr 20, 2021