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Missing Park County hiker found dead

Sheriff said death may have been result of grizzly bear encounter
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Posted at 10:04 AM, Mar 25, 2022

Update 2:50 p.m. Friday

The Park County Sheriff's Office reported Friday afternoon the missing hiker has been found dead.

"After an extensive search this morning we have located Craig. It appears he had an encounter with a grizzly and unfortunately (did) not survive," Sheriff Brad Bichler said on the agency's Facebook page.

The sheriff said crews would continue to work through the afternoon "to bring Craig home."

Bichler later confirmed the victim's full name was Craig Clouatre, and he was about 40 years old.

Bichler added that Clouatre disappeared Wednesday, and authorities were alerted later that evening. Searchers found his pack and tracks in the general vicinity Friday but have found no sign of the bear, Bichler said.

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LIVINGSTON - The Park County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing hiker.

The search began Thursday for an overdue hiker in the Six Mile Creek area, the sheriff's office said on its Facebook page. The search included ground teams and a helicopter.

On Friday morning the sheriff's office said the search resumed after overnight efforts flying thermal imaging.

This is a developing story. Check back or updates.