In the end, the long-elusive loner known as Utah’s “Mountain Man” proved a very talkative fellow.
When a group of people looking for shed antlers on central Utah’s Ferron Mountain saw the bearded man Friday, he told them he was a “Mountain Man,” Emery County Sheriff’s officials said in a press release Tuesday.
It turned out Knapp wasn’t exaggerating his identity.
The 45-year-old wilderness survivalist, charged with burglarizing multiple cabins in several Utah counties, had eluded law enforcement for more than five years before revealing his identity, perhaps inadvertently, to the antler hunters, who reported the sighting to police.
From there, Emery County deputies followed his tracks for several days — discovering at least two new cabin burglaries along the way — until Knapp wandered into the Ferron Reservoir area of Sanpete County.
By Monday, authorities had traced Knapp to the remote, snow-covered area near 9,000 feet elevation, and quickly launched a plan to nab a fugitive they considered dangerous.
When helicopters arrived about 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, pilots spotted Knapp outside Ron Bartholomew’s cabin chopping wood. Knapp fired at one of the helicopters hoping to drive away police, said Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis.