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OVANDO — The back roads of Montana offer any number of oh-my moments best served up by surprise. So we’re not going to say too much about the Boot Tree on Boot Tree Road off Highway 200, .71 miles or so east of Trixi‘s Antler Saloon.

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Just as an almost unprecedented number of black bears have flooded the valleys of western Montana after food sources played out higher up, so too has the road-kill count climbed to abnormal levels. A bear expert for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said 14 bears have died on highways in the “biggest hot spot” up the Clark Fork and lower Blackfoot river valleys above Milltown and Bonner.

Just as an almost unprecedented number of black bears have flooded the valleys of western Montana after food sources played out higher up, so too has the road-kill count climbed to abnormal levels. A bear expert for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said 14 bears have died on highways in the “biggest hot spot” up the Clark Fork and lower Blackfoot river valleys above Milltown and Bonner.

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