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Rangers Investigate Apparent Avalanche Death

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Date: April 1, 2010
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park rangers are investigating the death of an apparent avalanche victim.

The fatality was reported to the park around 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2010.

Park rangers reached the scene of the avalanche and confirmed the fatality at 5:45 p.m. Thursday evening.

The victim was found at the base of Mt. Shields at the end of an avalanche slide. Mt. Shields is located on the south east side of Glacier a few miles from U.S. Highway 2.

No further details are available at this time. More information will be released as soon as it available.

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Did You Know?

U-shaped valley carved by a glacier

Glacier National park was named for the glaciers that carved, sculpted, and formed this landscape millions of years ago. Despite the recession of current glaciers, the park's name will not change when the glaciers are gone.