A pair of Utah hunters are being credited for the capture of a notorious fugitive after they encountered the man in the woods.


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Utah’s elusive mountain man may have inadvertently revealed his identity to two hunters, setting off a massive police operation to snare the man authorities said had roamed a vast mountainous area for six years, allegedly burglarizing and shooting up cabins. After he allegedly fired shots at a police helicopter, pointed his gun at a sheriff and led authorities on a snowshoe chase, 45-year-old Troy James Knapp’s run came to an end Tuesday. “He threw his rifle down and told the deputies, ‘Good job, you got me,” Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis told The 50-man operation, involving resources from multiple counties, was put into place after two hunters reported meeting a suspicious man on a narrow trail last Friday. The man did not identify himself, Curtis said, but told them: “I’m a mountain man.”

According to the story, the “mountain man” assured the hunters he wasn’t going to shoot them. After the encounter, the hunters called a friend to send them a picture of Knapp. When they realized they had just met Knapp, they called police. When Knapp was captured, he allegedly told police “I don’t hate people, I just don’t like them.”