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Yellowstone National Park Guide Succumbs to His Injuries after He Was Mauled by a Grizzly Bear

Olowokandi Fiyin
Apr 20, 2021
11:50 A.M.
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A Yellowstone National park guide, Charles W. Mock IV, was pronounced dead in the hospital as he was badly injured after being attacked by a grizzly bear.

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The Gallatin County Sheriff's office in Yellowstone has recorded the death of Charles W. Mock IV, a National park guide who was said to have been mauled by a grizzly bear.

Mock was confirmed dead after he was taken to the East Idaho Regional Medical Center. He reportedly passed on April 17, 2021, from the injuries sustained during the attack. 

A portrait of the wooden entrance sign to Yellowstone National Park, USA on September 16, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

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The late park guide resided in West Yellowstone and was said to have been on a fishing expenditure in a forested area along Madison River. The bear was assumed to be defending a moose carcass.

During the search, the moose carcass was found about 45 meters from where the attack took place. The Wildlife and Parks spokesperson, Montana Fish, shared this detail.

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Mock had placed a call through 911 after the bear severely injured him. He suffered major scalp injuries and facial wounds. Searchers found him after 50 minutes of combing the area.

Last September, a similar unfortunate event was reported in Alaska.

A screenshot of Montana Fish's media release

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Authorities found a bear spray on Mock before transporting him through a sled snowmobile to the hospital. However, there is no confirmation that he managed to use the protective spray. 

A bear was found by a group of seven wardens investigating the area of Mock's attack. The bear charged at them, and it was shot dead. This bear is believed to be the one that mauled Mock.

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The late guide's death came two days after the attack. According to the GoFundme site created for him, Mock was out of surgeries that went well before he suffered a massive stroke.

He was described as someone with a huge passion for wildlife outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and guiding Park visitors through Yellowstone. The Forest Service and Fish Wildlife and Parks have kept the incident under investigation. 

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Last September, a similar unfortunate event was reported in Alaska. It was also a grizzly bear that had attacked and killed a hunter in the largest National Park in the country.

The hunter was said to have been on a 10-day moose hunt with a friend when the attack happened. According to authorities, the said occurrence was a first-time bear issue in the National Park since its establishment in 1980.

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