Investigation determines time of fatal bear attack



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RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — An investigation has determined the approximate time of death of a Utah man who was mauled by a bear while working in the Bridger Teton National Forest in northwestern Wyoming, officials in Fremont County said.

Investigators used the time stamp on digital photographs taken by 31-year-old Adam Stewart of Virgin, Utah, to determine he was killed at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 4, Coroner Ed McAuslan told the Riverton Ranger (http://bit.ly/1sdq8YB ).

The last picture Stewart took was at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 4, McAuslan said.

"He took a lot of photographs, even from the time he parked his car there at Brooks Lake at the parking lot," McAuslan said. "He was taking photographs all the way in."

Search and rescue volunteers determined where the last photo was taken and how long it would have taken Stewart to walk to the heavily timbered area where his body was found on Sept. 12. He had been reported missing five days earlier.

An autopsy found Stewart died of blunt force trauma during an encounter with a bear. Officials have not said what kind of bear was involved.

All photos have been returned to Stewart's family, McAuslan said.

Stewart was working for an Idaho consulting firm, Nature's Capital, under a contract to conduct ecological assessments for the U.S. Forest Service.

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Information from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger, http://www.dailyranger.com

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