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A deputy responded to a “drunk naked guy” trespassing in a hotel hot tub at around 12:40 a.m.     

The man was gone when the deputy arrived, but left behind his clothing and car keys. The property was placed in lost and found hoping “the guy” would come into the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office to retrieve the items.             

Sure enough, he was back at the hotel just before 6 a.m. wanting his clothes. The man was told to contact the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office. It appeared he did not wish to go there, since just before 9 a.m. a deputy spoke to the man’s father who said his son’s clothing and keys were taken from him, though he would not give out his son’s name. The father wanted to know the process of getting his son’s belongings back.

August 7, 2018

Several vehicles were reportedly driving unsafely and almost causing accidents in the Gallatin Canyon at noontime. 

A package suspected as stolen was never actually mailed.

A caller referencing an article about traffic conditions in the Gallatin Canyon was rude to the dispatch call taker.

A staggering man was reportedly shooting beer bottles at the shooting range south of Big Sky at 3:30 p.m. A deputy responded but the man had left. Witnesses at the range said the man was not intoxicated, but was acting strange, failing to take others into consideration when shooting, but not causing any danger. They also pointed out that he had cleaned up his broken glass.

Vehicles could barely clear rocks that had fallen into the northbound lane of Gallatin Road at around 8:30 p.m.

August 8, 2018

A long tree that had fallen onto Gallatin Road was pulled into a turnout by a deputy at 3 a.m.

While responding to a report of a rock slide on Gallatin Road north of Deer Creek, a deputy found a disabled vehicle that had hit some of the rocks at around 10 a.m. The rocks were cleared and Montana Highway Patrol completed a crash report.

A woman called 911 after seeing a man lying in the middle of Aspen Leaf Drive just before 5 p.m. He was OK and was doing house work.

August 9, 2018

A woman told deputies her parents had drained the money from a bank account they shared, despite the fact she had earned the money. She had not spoken to them about why they had done it, and she was advised it is legal for them to take money out of an account with their name on it. She was also advised to speak with them about why they did it, and to seek legal recourse if needed as this is a civil issue.

A small black bear, possibly a yearling, entered an Oglala Road residence through an open window, eating a few peaches and tomatoes before leaving through another window at around 11 a.m. It did not seem fearful of people. Fish, Wildlife and Parks was advised.

A Town Center employee had a deputy contact the owner of a camper and truck parked in a TC parking lot. The man was told he was not allowed to camp there and he agreed to move along.

AA bus hauling rafts jackknifed in the Gallatin Canyon in the Karst area at around 12:30 p.m., partially blocking traffic.

A caller was concerned about horses tied to a trailer without water at the North Fork Trailhead. A deputy responded, spoke to the owner of the horses, and found they were properly watered and not distressed.

Upon arriving to a Mountain Trail Road residence at around 4 p.m., people discovered the place was in disarray, likely caused by a bear, although no entry was pinpointed. A deputy responded and assisted game wardens.

A caller was concerned about an oil slick on Gallatin Road leftover from a previous accident. The information was forwarded to Montana Highway Patrol.

A deputy stopped to help a motorist who was removing debris from Gallatin Road at around 7:40 p.m.

August 10, 2018

A baggie containing a white powdery substance was found by a hotel clerk at a Big Pine Drive public bathroom and turned over to law enforcement.

A Chrysler was rendered undrivable after hitting a rock in Gallatin Canyon at around 7 a.m. The occupants were given a ride to Big Sky.

A caller who witnessed a semi pass in a no passing zone on Ousel Falls Road passed along a photo of the semi’s license plate to a deputy. The deputy was able to locate the driver and he was cited for the offense.

There was concern that a man hiking in the Taylor Fork area might need rescue as he was late in returning. Search and rescue crews were paged, but he was located in the area soon after so the response was cancelled.

A mother reported her daughter was offered marijuana by a strange man at the Big Sky Community Park.

A man stopped by the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office at 4:30 p.m. wondering why a deputy was in his neighborhood earlier in the day. It was because of a 911 hang up.

A bear charged a Big Sky Resort guest earlier in the day. It was sprayed with bear spray, but seemed unfazed. It was also getting into trash cans. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks was contacted to set a live trap.

A truck was keyed while parked in front of a bar. The case is under investigation.

August 11, 2018

A man who said he told his girlfriend he was going to kill himself “to make her feel bad” would not let a deputy come into his residence at around midnight.

A cement truck ran into the Moonlight Basin gatehouse just before 9 a.m.

A driver who was pulled over because someone called them in as intoxicated was not actually intoxicated.

A Storm Castle area caller who was seeing ash falling from the sky was concerned a wildfire was nearby. Authorities could not find any fire in the area.

Due to the wind, several large trees fell into the entrance of Greek Creek Campground at around 7:30 p.m., blocking guests inside. A deputy conducted traffic control while the Big Sky Fire Department removed the trees.

August 12, 2018

A vehicle with Alberta license plates was seen by a caller driving recklessly in the Gallatin Canyon, nearly causing three accidents. 

A four-door vehicle rolled down the embankment of Gallatin Road at around 6 p.m. Injuries were reported and an extraction was required.

August 13,  2018

During a patrol check at 12:50 a.m., a deputy found a red passenger car parked at the Golden Eagle Lodge with its doors open.

A caller was concerned a semi with a tanker trailer that was tailgating other drivers would cause an accident in the Gallatin Canyon at around 9 a.m.

A deputy called local gas stations where possible fraudulent purchases may have been made.

The west lane of Highway 191 south of Big Sky near the Bacon Rind Fire was closed due to the fire inching closer at around 3 p.m. 

 A Toyota 4 Runner with a broken tie rod was parked in a turnout on Lone Mountain Trail and would be moved as soon as possible.

A landlord called to report her renters had not been at her rental residence for over a month and left a fan running the whole time. The locks had been changed so she could not get inside to turn it off.

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