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Mollman Pass now open

— The Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation has lifted the temporary closure of the Mollman Pass Trail in the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness (also known as the Mollman Lake trail). Mollman Lake Trail is located east of Kicking Horse Job Corp Center and southeast of Ronan.

This closure was implemented to protect both people and bears from potential human/ bear conflicts and remained in effect until an investigation was completed. Visitors to the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness can contact the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation for the most current information regarding bear activity in the Mollman area.

For additional information on the closure contact Germaine White, Information and Education Specialist or Pablo Espinoza, Chief of Tribal Game Wardens at 406-883-2888.

Fire forces road closures as hunting opens

THOMPSON FALLS — The U.S. Forest Service and four other agencies have issued an access closure area on all lands, trails and roads administered by the USDA Forest Service, Montana DNRC, Sanders County and Weyerhaeuser for the Thompson River Drainage and all tributary drainages south of the Historic Bend Ranger Station. The closure, forced by the Copper King Fire in the Thompson River, encompasses about 80 percent of Hunting District 122 and will affect hunters as the mountain grouse season opens Sept. 1, archery season opens Sept. 3, and black bear season opens Sept.15. Hunters will not be able to access the area within the closure until the order is lifted. Anglers will be affected as well as no entry into the fire closure area is allowed. At this time it is unknown when the agencies will be able to lift the closure order.

An area closure map is posted at

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