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With Nowhere to Land, Geese Descend, Die On Toxic Water

Their usual landing site, several others were mostly frozen

(Newser) - A "perfect storm" of a late migration and a snowstorm left thousands of snow geese dead in the toxic waters of an old mine pit in Montana last week, authorities say. A spokesman for the Montana Resources mine company says witnesses described the scene as "700 acres of... More »

Man Admits to Raping Daughter, 12, Gets 60 Days

He had agreed to spend 25 years behind bars

(Newser) - When a 40-year-old man stood in front of a Montana judge on Oct. 4, having admitted to raping his 12-year-old daughter, it was with the knowledge that he would likely spend the next quarter-century in jail. Instead, Judge John C. McKeon ignored a plea deal in which the Glasgow resident... More »

Man Survives 2 Bear Attacks in Same Morning

Montana man Todd Orr played dead to survive

(Newser) - After being jumped on and bitten repeatedly by a charging grizzly bear in Montana on Saturday morning, Todd Orr survived by playing dead. The injured, bleeding man began the three-mile trek back to his vehicle—and was attacked again within 10 minutes by the same bear. The 50-year-old played dead... More »

Trunk 'Kidnapping' Might Have Been Something Else

Police aren't ruling out a suicide

(Newser) - Doubts are now emerging about a harrowing tale of a woman kidnapped, thrown in her trunk, and then murdered. Though police in Montana and Washington initially described Rita Maze's death as a homicide, now they aren't so sure, reports KHQ . At this point, they are ruling out no... More »

Kidnapped Woman Found Dead After Call From Trunk of Car

She told family she was attacked at rest stop

(Newser) - Cops in Montana and Washington state are looking for suspects after a terrifying and apparently completely random kidnapping at a rest stop on Interstate 15. The victim, 47-year-old Rita Maze, was able to call her husband, daughter, and police from the trunk of a car, but investigators were unable to... More »

Surprise Find at Open House: Naked Couple

Real estate agent's kids made the unexpected find

(Newser) - The wacky world of real estate-related crime continues with this entry out of Great Falls, Mont., where some young kids busted a couple of slightly older kids in a compromising position, per the Great Falls Tribune . Police reports note that a local real estate agent arrived to set a home... More »

M&Ms Might Save This Endangered Ferret

Vaccine-laced candies to protect its food source

(Newser) - The US Fish and Wildlife Service plans to save endangered ferrets with a "glorified gumball machine" that shoots M&Ms. Beginning in September, government scientists say they'll use a drone armed with a device that shoots candies in three directions in an effort to stop a plague in... More »

Bear Kills Mountain Biker in Montana

Forest law enforcement officer surprised animal on trail

(Newser) - A US Forest Service law enforcement officer was killed Wednesday in the first fatal bear attack this century in the Glacier National Park area. Authorities say 38-year-old Brad Treat was killed in Flathead National Forest in northwest Montana on a trail just outside the national park, ABC News reports. "... More »

Inmate 'Sent Victim's Widow Autopsy Photos'

She received disturbing package after father-in-law's conviction

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine a father-in-law worse than James Douglas Sindelar: Not only did he kill his own son, the Montana man is believed to have sent his victim's widow disturbing autopsy photos. Prosecutors say Victoria Sindelar received an envelope last month with a color photo of her... More »

Study Names Worst State for Drunk Driving

It's North Dakota, though Montana isn't great, either

(Newser) - Be careful on the roads in North Dakota. The state is the most dangerous in the country when it comes to drunk driving, according to an analysis by CarInsuranceComparison.com . It considered five factors: a state's drunk-driving-related deaths and arrests in 2015, its penalties and laws, and its cost... More »

Crow Tribe's Last War Chief Dies at 102

Joe Medicine Crow remembered hearing stories of Custer

(Newser) - Joseph Medicine Crow, an acclaimed Native American historian and the last surviving war chief of Montana's Crow tribe, has died. He was 102. A member of the Whistling Water clan, Medicine Crow was raised by his grandparents in a log house near Lodge Grass, Mont. His Crow name was... More »

After More Than a Century, Bison Are 'Coming Home'

Canadian population will relocate to Montana next month

(Newser) - Descendants of a bison herd sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming. The shipment of animals from Alberta's Elk Island National Park to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation follows a... More »

Neighbor Calls 911 Over Walking Dead

After report of 'screaming,' cops found family watching show

(Newser) - A Montana family watching The Walking Dead on Sunday unexpectedly found themselves at the center of a real-life drama. Police say a neighbor heard "screaming from a house about someone having a gun" and called 911. Minutes later, officers surrounded the Great Falls home with weapons drawn, per KRTV... More »

A Mom Is Suing Over Her Daughter's 'Wrongful Birth'

Kerrie Evans says she would have aborted if she knew baby had cystic fibrosis

(Newser) - When Kerrie Evans went to her first prenatal visit in October 2009, she says she told her doctor she was concerned about cystic fibrosis, but she was never offered screening to see if she was a carrier for the disease, she had trouble contacting genetic counselors, and her doctor never... More »

Woman Goes to Carwash, Finds Utter Horror

In the form of a human face on the carwash floor

(Newser) - A Montana veterinarian who took a trip to the carwash in 2013 is now suing for medical expenses and damages for a find on the carwash's floor that she says has caused her tremendous trauma. Per Courthouse News Service , Kimberly Kriege brought her truck to a Livingston carwash on... More »

Cougar That Wowed Biologists Killed in Montana

She traveled more than 10 times as far as expected

(Newser) - A young mountain lion from Canada made a surprising journey of hundreds of miles before she was killed by a hunter in Montana, biologists say. The cougar, nicknamed Sandy, was collared in British Columbia 10 months ago and, after a 450-mile journey, had settled in the Helena Valley when she... More »

Cops: Silver, Not Gold, Led to Double Homicide

Handyman faces life in prison

(Newser) - Authorities say the motive in the murders of Beverly and Gregory Giannonatti in Deer Lodge, Montana, was not, as many had speculated , a 25-pound bar of gold, the Washington Post reports. Instead, police say the 79-year-old mother and 57-year-old son were killed in October over 1,700 ounces of silver.... More »

Montana Man: I Have Proof UFOs Are Real

He claims his camera caught one above Montana last month

(Newser) - Richard O'Connor's two motion detection cameras are positioned 30 feet off the ground around his Clancy, Montana, home, and are trained skyward: Over the course of nearly two years, they've snapped some 280,000 photos. Most show birds, squirrels, or branches. But five of the bunch, taken... More »

Man Arrested, School Locked Down Over Star Wars Spoilers

This whole Stars Wars thing may finally be getting out of hand

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Montana man turned to the Dark Side last week, allegedly threatening to shoot a friend for spoiling Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the AP reports. Police say Arthur Roy sent his friend a picture of himself with a gun—which he implied had a "hair trigger"—... More »

Mom, Son Found Dead After Inheriting $480K Gold Bar

Suspect is in custody, but the gold is still missing

(Newser) - Good fortune was short-lived for Beverly Giannonatti, 79, and her 57-year-old son, Greg. In October, a cleaning woman found a 25-pound gold bar worth $480,000 in the home of Beverly's late ex-husband in Deer Lodge, Montana. Greg Giannonatti's girlfriend tells the Washington Post it wasn't such... More »

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