JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The client who was last to see Mark Uptain alive before the two hunters were jumped by a pair of aggressive grizzly bears in an encounter in Turpin Meadows last Friday has made a statement to press in Florida where he is back home recovering from his injuries.
Corey Chubon, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., spoke with WKMG-News6 where he explained in more detail what went down when the two returned to retrieve an elk carcass Chubon had shot with an arrow the day before.
In the interview, Chubon credits Uptain with saving his life before giving his own, calling the 37-year-old guide “his hero.”
In recounting the incident, Chubon says he remembers hearing rocks tumble as he and Uptain attempted to retrieve the elk carcass.
Chubon says he was swung in the air by one bear. During the attack he attempted to throw a gun to Uptain but says the gun did not make it there. Chubon was dragged from his horse and attacked as Uptain shouted at the bears and tried to get their attention away from his client. That’s when one of the griz turned on Uptain to maul him, allowing Chubon to make a getaway on his horse where he headed for higher ground to make an emergency cell call.
Buckrail is still trying to obtain more details from local authorities on their version about what happened in the Teton Wilderness that fateful Friday.
In addition to a GoFundMe page, the Uptain family is also accepting donations at First Interstate Bank to an account set up through his church, First Baptist. A service is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19 at 11am at First B.
A meal train account has also been established to help Sarah and the kids. Access that out at https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/34z5m0.