Lander Regional Wildlife Supervisor Jason Hunter stated, “we will continue to do everything within our means to assist in the investigation and to ensure public safety. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.”
Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan indicated the pathologist’s preliminary report stated the individual suffered blunt force trauma from a probable bear bite. The Department, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and Fremont County Coroner collected evidence from the scene that is currently being analyzed in an attempt to determine species and gender of the animals involved in the attack.
Hunter indicated there are high densities of grizzly and black bears in the drainage where the body was found and there were tracks and sign of multiple bears in close proximity to the remains. The victims’ remains were found adjacent to two deer carcasses bears had been feeding on.
Game and Fish will be providing further information as it becomes available and the incident remains under investigation. Further inquiries can be directed to the Lander Regional Wildlife Supervisor Jason Hunter at (307) 332-2688.