Elk NetworkAngler Killed by Grizzly Bear Near Yellowstone

General | April 21, 2021

A 40-year-old man from West Yellowstone, Montana, died two days after a grizzly bear attacked him. Charles “Carl” Mock, a backcountry guide, went fishing alone along the Madison River just outside Yellowstone Park.

He suffered significant wounds but managed to call 911. Searchers found Mock after about an hour and took him to a hospital in Idaho Falls.

Authorities closed the area for public safety reasons. They returned to the site the following day to conduct further investigations when a grizzly charged the group. Officers fired and killed the animal.

The bear was an older-age grizzly. Investigators later found a moose carcass cached within 50 yards of the attack.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates there are more than 1,000 grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

(Photo source: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)