Mountain Lion Killed After Fighting with Dog

A mountain lion was shot and killed by a park ranger after the lion attacked a dog in the employee housing area of Glacier National Park in West Glacier Saturday evening.

At approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, a park employee returned to her residence and upon opening the car door, her two dogs unexpectedly raced out of the car. The employee followed after the dogs and observed one of the dogs in a fight with a mountain lion. The other dog was quickly retreating back to the employee.   Continue reading

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Forests to benefit from state grants

The Daily Inter Lake reports that about $1 million in state grants will be distributed to 13 national forest projects across Montana over the next few months as Montana’s first installment of funding authorized in the 2014 federal farm bill. Four projects in the Flathead and Kootenai national forests will receive a total of $260,000. Read the full story here.

 

Big Creek Campground timber sale posted

The Hungry Horse News says that a big wind storm last fall uprooted trees and left about 153 tons of salvageable timber blocking access to the popular Big Creek Campground, about 20 miles north of Columbia Falls on the North Fork of the Flathead River. “It was a big storm that came through the Friday after Thanksgiving,” Hungry Horse Ranger Station forester Paul Donnellon said. “We had some cold weather and snow, then it warmed up and rained a lot after that.” Read the full story here.

 

Virginia Man Found Dead in Glacier National Park

The Flathead Beacon reports that the body of a 40-year-old man from Virginia Beach, Virginia was discovered Tuesday in a vehicle parked along the Going-to-the-Sun Road about one mile from the foot of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. According to Denise Germann, management assistant at Glacier National Park, said an initial investigation indicates the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Read the full story here.

Standoff at Super 1 ends peacefully

The Hungry Horse News reports that a distraught woman with a handgun surrendered peacefully at the Super 1 Foods in Columbia Falls on March 19 following a four-hour standoff. According to police chief Dave Perry, a Columbia Falls police officer located the woman’s silver SUV in the store parking lot following a report that a suicidal woman had left her home on Jensen Road. Read the full story here.

 

Book sale – April 16-19

The American Association of University Women’s Kalispell Branch will host its annual used book sale on April 16-19 in the Kalispell Center Mall. Donations of good used books will be accepted until April 1. Donation barrels are located in Kalispell at Super 1 Foods in Columbia Falls. For more information, call 608-712-9302.