Yellowstone National Park Guide Dies Two Days After Grizzly Bear Attack

by Jon D. B.

The young “beloved guide to countless visitors in Yellowstone” succumbed to severe scalp wounds from a grizzly bear mauling just outside the national park.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office confirms another grizzly bear fatality Monday as Montana backcountry guide Charles W. Mock IV has died of his wounds two days after rescue. State authorities cite a “vicious attack” on Mock took place at 3:45 p.m., April 15 near Bakers Hole Campground.

Located on the banks of the Madison River, the campground is just three miles north of Yellowstone National Park. After the deadly encounter, Mock called 911 himself. Montana officials say it took approximately 50 minutes of off-road searching to locate him. There, they found the guide with “significant scalp and facial injuries.”

Several parties, including West Yellowstone Police Dept., Forest Service, and Hebgen basin Fire & EMS, responded to the 911 report of a grizzly bear mauling. Both snowmobiles and toboggans were on hand to transport Mock to an eventual ambulance.

Mock’s tragically passed Saturday at East Idaho Regional Medical Center 48 hours after the attack. According to the GoFundMe page set up for him, the guide “suffered a massive stroke” due to significant facial and scalp wounds from the attack.

“Sadly, he didn’t make it through,” the fundraiser now reads.

Tragic Grizzly Bear Fatality Takes ‘Beloved’ Yellowstone Guide

“This comes as a terrible shock and is heartbreaking to everyone since both the surgeries went so well,” Mock’s GoFundMe states, detailing the aftermath of his attack. Within, the backcountry guide is described as someone with great “passion for outdoors, hiking, fishing, photography… And is a beloved guide to countless visitors in Yellowstone.”

In a Monday report by PEOPLE, officials are also said to have searched the area for the grizzly bear. The trade also notes that a police press release cites Mock was “fishing near an unknown food source for the bear” before the mauling. Authorities found a moose carcass 50 yards (45 meters) from Mock and the grizzly’s meeting point. During this reconnaissance, a group of Montana Game Wardens were also charged by a grizzly bear. This individual bear was shot and killed and is believed to be the same grizzly bear responsible for Mock’s death.

Mock, a guide for Backcountry Adventures, had bear spray on him at the time of the attack. It is unknown, however, if he was able to use it.

“Now is the time to remember to be conscientious in the backcountry as the bears are coming out of hibernation and looking for food sources,” PEOPLE also cites the local press release.

The Forest Service continues to investigate the mauling.