A DAD of four was mauled to death by a grizzly bear while hiking on a trail in Montana, police believe.
Craig Cloutare disappeared as he trekked with a pal through the regions famed Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday.
Search teams and helicopters were deployed in a desperate attempt to find the 40-year-old from Montana.
But on Saturday, cops tragically revealed that remains were discovered in the dense Wyoming region.
In a statement, Park County Sheriff Brad Bichler wrote: “It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing this update. After an extensive search this morning we have located Craig,
“It appears he had an encounter with a grizzly and unfortunately did not survive.
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“Please keep his family and all those involved in your thoughts and prayers.”
The man had reported first split with his friend as they reportedly hunted for antlers.
“They split up at some point later in the morning,” Bichler told the Livingston Enterprise.
“When the other man returned to their vehicle and his friend wasn’t there, he called us and we began searching.”
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The search concentrated on the on the Six Mile Creek area of the Absaroka Mountains.
'We're fortunate to have a group of experienced volunteers on our SAR [Search and Rescue] team and we're thankful for the folks who have come to help,' Bichler added at the time.
‘HARDWORKING FAMILY MAN’
As the tragic news was revealed Clouattre father paid tribute to his late son who had made a life with his partner and their four children.
“He was a joy to have as a son all the way around,' David Clouatre told AP.
“He was a good man, a good, hardworking family man.”
His “broken” wife Jamie took to social media – suggesting that she would have to “relearn” how to live her life after the tragic find.
"I don't have many words really right now and I'm not reaching back out to everyone who has reached out to me," she wrote on Facebook.
'I loved him (Craig) with every single fiber of me….he was a vital part of me and our children and it is going to be a struggle for the rest of our lives. To say we are broken is an understatement. I have to relearn how to be and who I am and stay strong enough for our kids.'
She continued: “No easy way to put it, this is not fair, they don't deserve this. The support in this community is incredible and I know it comes from Craig…who he was, a joy, a truly kind, good, GOOD man.
“There is no one else like him in the entire world. Thank you all for everything! We all lost something and the world is a hell of a lot dimmer.”
A friend of the Clouatre family has set up a GoFundMe Page to raise money in the wake of a tragedy.
At the time of writing, it has raised more than $57,000.
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