Carl Mock: A Tribute to the Yellowstone Wilderness Guide

Carl Mock: A Tribute to the Yellowstone Wilderness Guide


Carl Mock

Carl Mock was a wilderness guide who lived in West Yellowstone, Montana and died from injuries suffered when he was mauled by a grizzly bear, according to a GoFundMe page.

Charles Mock, 40, was fishing alone near the Baker’s Hole campground about three miles from West Yellowstone when he was attacked Thursday. He was able to call 911 and rushed to an Idaho Falls hospital, according to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department. Mock died in the hospital Saturday, the fundraising page said.

Mock was a guide for Backcountry Adventures, who described him as a “dear friend.”

Here’s what you need to know:

Mock Suffered a Massive Stroke & Died Days After the Attack, Which Friends Called ‘A Terrible Shock’

A GoFundMe page organized by Keith Johnson announced Saturday, April 17 that Mock suffered a massive stroke and died in the hospital, two days after he was attacked by the bear. The death was shocking, he wrote, because surgeries had gone well. The page was started to raise funds for medical bills, but would also be used to cover funeral costs, he wrote.

The update said:

*Update 4/17/21, 10:45am*- We would like to let you know that early this morning Carl suffered a massive stroke and sadly, he didn’t make it through. This comes as a terrible shock and is heartbreaking to everyone, since both the surgeries went so well. We will keep you updated with the service information as the plans are made. All of the money that is being donated on this page and in the cans throughout town will be given to the family to help cover the medical bills and funeral costs. We appreciate the continued support from this community to help ease these financial burdens for Carl’s family.

A Celebration of Life was planned for Mock for Saturday, April 24.

Friends Said Mock Had a Passion for the Outdoors & an ‘Infectious Smile’

Mock was remembered as a person with a zest for life who loved the outdoors, which he made his life’s work, Johnson wrote on his fundraiser page.

“Carl has such passion for outdoors, hiking, fishing, photography, and is a beloved guide to countless visitors in Yellowstone. He is a hard-working guy with an infectious smile. He is a loyal friend that would help any of us however he could. We have created this fundraiser to help our friend in a time of need,” the page said.

He was also remembered by those he served as a guide. Marshall Mahler wrote that Mock had extensive knowledge and a great personality, describing him as a friend.

“I had the privilege to have Carl as a snowcoach guide on two separate chartered photography trips. His backcountry knowledge and great personality combined with his work ethic made him a great wildlife photography guide,” Mahler wrote. “To his friends and family my condolences and prayers. Rest In Peace my friend.”