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Fire ravages the home at 2510 Curley Bear Rd. PHOTO BY PAULBUSSI-IDEALPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Close call

Smoke inhalation caused Dustin Long to speak with a gravelly voice nearly three days after the house fire where he and his family lived at 2510 Curley Bear Rd. He said he does not want to focus on the near-miss for his family this last Saturday.

AE2S project manager Scott Buecker and WGM representative Chris Allen show meeting attendees the district boundary lines created during the previous study. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

To district or not to district

More than 40 people gathered in the Montana Room at Buck’s T-4 on Sept. 19 for cookies, coffee and a discussion of the future of the canyon. 

A feasibility study supported by the Gallatin River Task Force is underway and being conducted by engineering consultants WGM Group and AE2S. 

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Claws and jaws and teeth

Two separate grizzly bear attacks resulted in three injured hunters on the west side of the Gravelly Mountain range on Monday according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. It is unclear whether one or more bears were involved. FWP is asking hunters to leave the area, and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is closing Cottonwood Road.

The Buck’s T4 black bear hanging out in the bathroom.  PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID O’CONNOR/BUCK’S T4

Bear in the bathroom

Yellowstone grizzly bears are stocking up on food supplies and preparing to enter the next stage of life, which means they may be more visible. Bears consume a wide variety of sustenance throughout the year including army cutworm moths, whitebark pine nuts (WBP), ungulates and cutthroat trout.

A 2017 Gallatin Weed Pull with GISA. PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER MOHLER

A look at noxious weeds nearby

Currently, the Montana Department of Agriculture lists 46 different species of noxious weeds found throughout the state. It is illegal, according to Montana State Law, for landowners to have noxious weeds on their property, and landowners are required to submit a weed management proposal for approval by local weed management districts.

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