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Posted by Kent ( on 09:30:24 10/14/14

In Reply to: This might keep you solo hikers up at night posted by Ballpark Frank

All of us who on occasion venture afield alone think it will never happen to us. We are obviously mistaken. We play the house odds and occasionally the house loses.

"Adam Thomas Stewart, a 31-year-old from Virgin, UT was doing research for a Boise company in the Bridger-Teton National Forest when he apparently encountered bears eating from deer carcasses."

"Adam was a very bright individual and talented in many ways," said Steve Rust, owner of Boise-based Nature s Capital. Rust reported Stewart missing Sept. 7.

"We very saddened by this event," he said. "Adam was very physically fit, had a tremendous amount of experience and training to work in the backcountry. It s a horrible loss."

Rust said Stewart had only started working for the company this summer and it was the first trip Nature s Capital had made to the area around Brooks Lake to do work for the U.S. Forest Service.

"DNA evidence at the Wyoming site where a Utah man was killed Sept. 4 shows at least four bears were present.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department finished DNA analysis of specimens collected at the scene near Cub Creek in Fremont County and concluded two male grizzlies, one female grizzly and one male black bear were in the area during or shortly after the attack."

None of the DNA obtained came from previously captured bears.

"These results corroborate the on-site investigation and identify multiple bears in the area near the time of the encounter, however no evidence has conclusively identified a particular animal responsible for the fatal encounter," large carnivore section supervisor Dan Thompson said in a news release Friday."

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