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WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana backcountry guide has died after he was mauled by a large grizzly bear that was probably defending a nearby moose carcass just outside Yellowstone National Park, officials said Monday.

Screen capture from Be Bear Aware's guide to deploying bear spray.
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WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — A bear mauled a Montana man causing him severe injuries near a campground just west of Yellowstone National Park.

Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy Jake Allmendinger was killed after being trapped under a car while on a call.
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The funeral Friday for a Gallatin County sheriff’s deputy who died on duty last weekend is expected to draw attendance from hundreds of officers from Montana and at least four other states. Gov. Steve Bullock ordered all flags be flown at half-staff tomorrow in honor of the deputy.

Thirty-one year-old Deputy Jake Allmendinger died last Oct. 19 while responding to a report of a stranded driver in the Bridger Mountains.

Update from the Associated Press at 12:30 P.M. July 12, 2019:

Montana State University officials say an employee will undergo a mental health evaluation after making threatening statements that caused a campus-wide lockdown.

Montana Behavioral Health Alliance Executive Director Mary Windecker testifies at a state health department listening session in Helena August 1, 2018.
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Montana’s health department was dealt a major blow in late 2017, when the agency was forced to cut almost $50 million to help balance the state budget.

Mary Windecker of the Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana, an advocacy group representing about 30 addiction and mental health care providers, says that was, “A huge shock to both the mental health and substance use systems in the state of Montana.”

Rescuers on skis locate a missing hiker near the Pioneer Falls Trail, a few miles from the Spanish Creek Cabin, Feb. 6, 2019.
Courtesy Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

A search and rescue team saved a lost 12-year-old boy and his father late last night from blizzard conditions and subzero temperatures in the Spanish Peaks area near Big Sky.

The pair was overdue returning from a hiking trip when the man’s wife in Utah alerted authorities around 6:30 p.m.

A guided snowmobile tour in Yellowstone National Park (File photo).
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A New York woman who crashed her snowmobile inside Yellowstone National Park Tuesday morning broke her leg and was thrown into the Madison River.

A Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department Facebook post said Yellowstone park rangers responded to a 911 call to rescue the 22-year-old woman near Riverside Drive, about six miles east of West Yellowstone.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin speaks during a press conference on the Gianforte assault in Bozeman, May 25, 2017.
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Greg Gianforte is not responding to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s request for an interview in the investigation that led to him being charged with misdemeanor assault.

According to a Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian, Gianforte "body slammed" him as Jacobs attempted to interview him Wednesday night.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he will consult with Native American leaders before fulfilling any future requests for law-enforcement assistance at the site of an oil pipeline protest in North Dakota.

The Democratic governor said Thursday conditions near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation have changed since he approved the last request in October.