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Body of Missing Field Guide Found After Bear Attack

Mark Uptain of Jackson Hole was helping a Florida man hunt elk in Wyoming
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2018 2:30 PM CDT
A grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park in this 2011 file photo.   (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)

(Newser) – The body of a Wyoming field guide who was mauled by a bear while hunting elk has been found. Per USA Today, 37-year-old Mark Uptain and his client, Corey Chubon, shot an elk Thursday in Teton Wilderness but were initially unable to find the animal. When they returned to the site of the kill Friday, the news site Buckrail reports the men were charged by two large bears. Chubon was able to flee and retrieve a handgun from his pack, but Uptain was pounced upon by one of the animals. As Chubon attempted to shoot the bear, the animal turned on him and dragged him to the ground. He sustained injuries to his leg, chest, and arm but was able to get away and call for help.

A helicopter was sent to evacuate the hunters, but search personnel were not able to find Uptain on Friday evening and efforts were suspended. Meanwhile, Chubon was transported to a hospital for treatment. The Florida bow hunter was released on Saturday as news broke that Uptain's body had been found. The remains of the father of five were discovered intact, per the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Authorities have begun efforts to trap the bears, which a Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesperson has said were likely grizzlies. (Read more grizzly bear stories.)

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