A 20-year-old saddle bronc rider was killed during a rodeo accident in Jackson on Wednesday.
Nicolas Gillett of Cody died from a skull fracture during the Jackson Hole Rodeo.
Gillett’s spur got tangled in his saddle after he came out of the gate, and the horse stepped on or rolled over him, according to Associated Press reports.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” said Phil Wilson, owner of the rodeo. “The family is just devastated, and we are too.”
Gillett attended Powell schools and has family in the Powell area.
A memorial service for Gillett has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, June 28, at the Cody Stampede Grounds, according to a Facebook group set up in his honor.
For more on this story, please see Tuesday’s Tribune.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Park County Sheriff Scott Steward released the following information this afternoon regarding the fatal mauling of a Cody man yesterday (Thursday) in the Shoshone National Forest. We'll have a more detailed story in Tuesday's Tribune.
At approximately 6:48 PM on June 17th the Park County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a subject had possibly been mauled and killed by a grizzly bear in the Kitty Creek Drainage located in the Shoshone National Forest west of Cody.
The victim, 70 year old Erwin Frank Evert of Cody was reported missing by his wife to Chad Dickinson, a member of the USGS Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) based out of Bozeman. Dickinson and his team were working within the Kitty Creek Drainage snaring grizzly bears for research. Dickinson rode back up Kitty Creek to an area where earlier they had caught a large adult male grizzly. Once at the capture sight, Dickinson found Evert dead as a result of fatal injuries caused by an encounter with the bear.
At approximately 8:30 PM Wardens of the Wyoming Game and Fish and a Park County Sheriff’s Deputy located Evert approximately 2 miles from the road in a remote rugged area. Park County Sheriff Search and Rescue was called in and Evert’s body was removed while Wardens provided armed security. The recovery was completed at approximately 12:18am on June 18th.
At this time it appears that members of IGBST had captured the bear and tranquilized the bear for research purposes, put a radio collar on the bear and then packed up their equipment and left the area. At some point Evert wandered into the capture area where he was fatally wounded. Evert was not armed nor was he carrying bear spray.
On June 18th The US Forest Service issued a closure order for the Kitty Creek Drainage. Game Wardens, US Fish and Wildlife Agents and USFS Law Enforcement Agents are diligently searching the area for the bear with the aid of an electronic tracking device. If located the fate of the bear will be determined by US Fish and Wildlife Agents.
Posted by CJ at 6/18/2010 04:57:00 PM