Woman killed in crash into the Boulder River

Authorities in Park County are investigating a crash that was reported on June 15th. A vehicle was found in the Boulder River south of Big Timber.  Park County Coroner Richard Wood has announced that 58-year-old Cheryl Lynn Adams of Park County died in the crash. The car was found in the river by campers according to authorities.

The incident is being investigated by the Montana Highway Patrol and the Park County Coroner’s Office. No other information has been released.

Superintendent shuffle shouldn’t slow bison quarantine

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn’t disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison, officials said.

The transfer of a group of bull bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation later this year should still be on track, Yellowstone bison program manager Tim Reid said.

National Park Service officials signed off on Yellowstone’s quarantine program about a month ago. It’s designed to produce disease-free bison for transfer to tribal governments and other conservation herds and to reduce the number killed during Yellowstone’s annual population control efforts.

The project was one that park superintendent Dan Wenk had hoped to see through. But Wenk recently told the Associated Press that he was being forced out of his job.

The Interior Department announced last week that the National Park Service’s Midwest Regional Director Cam Sholly would replace him. When that will happen remains unclear.

The National Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fort Peck Tribes expressed concern over the change last week in a release, saying that Wenk has been “instrumental in the political negotiations allowing buffalo to return to tribal lands” and needed to remain on board to finalize agreements with state and federal agriculture officials.

Yellowstone, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state livestock officials are still finalizing an agreement on how things will run at the park’s corrals.

About half of Yellowstone’s bison are believed to have been exposed to the disease. There have been no documented cases of bison transmitting the disease to cattle in the wild.

The quarantine plan approved this spring calls for keeping bison in the park for several months and then sending them to Fort Peck. The Fort Peck Tribes have said they plan to distribute the bison to other tribes, and they’re eager to get the program moving.

Montana river searched after person seen falling in

REED POINT, Mont. (AP) — Searchers are combing the Yellowstone River in southern Montana after someone was seen falling from a bridge.

Stillwater County Search and Rescue says the person, identified only as a male, reportedly fell outside of Reed Point early Saturday morning. The search has been hampered by rain and high water, and investigators are asking people to stay out of the area between Reed Point and the Holmgren Fishing Access.

No foul play is suspected, and no other information was released.

1 dead in rafting accident

 PHILIPSBURG, Mont. (AP) — A rafting accident in western Montana has claimed the life of a man.

The Granite County Sheriff’s Office says it was notified about 4:30 p.m. Sunday of a raft with two people that capsized on a log jam on lower Rock Creek.

One person made it to safety, but another man who was wearing a life jacket did not.

Searchers found the man’s body about 4 miles downstream from where the accident occurred.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Grizzly spotted at wildlife refuge

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The first grizzly bear in recent memory has been spotted at a Montana wildlife refuge.

Grizzlies aren’t uncommon in much of Montana but this one is the first spotted at the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge since the refuge was created in 1929.

The refuge north of Great Falls is better known for migratory birds barked at the bear Friday in an area where the coyotes had a den.

Refuge Manager Rob Bundy says several coyotes barked at the bear Friday in an area where the coyotes had a den.

Wildlife managers say they’re not sure if the bear will remain on the refuge. They expect more sightings as grizzlies expand their range onto Montana’s plains.

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