WEST YELLOWSTONE — A portion of the Continental Divide Trail in the Gallatin National Forest has been closed after several cows died. The cows, which died after eating tall mountain larkspur, are likely to attract bears.
Forest spokeswoman Andi Falsetto says the Mile Creek Face Trail was closed Friday until further notice. The trail is part of the Continental Divide Trail system.
The closure northwest of West Yellowstone affects the Mile Creek Face Trail No. 214, which is located at the end of Forest Road No. 6904. An alternate route is to utilize the Targhee Creek Trail No. 027 in conjunction with Highway 20 to get to the Raynold’s Pass area.
Eight to 12 cattle grazing on a forest allotment were found dead Wednesday after ingesting tall mountain larkspur. Two of the most accessible carcasses were removed, but the rest were left for scavenging by wildlife.
About 30 head of cattle were found dead last weekend on a south-central Idaho ranch after ingesting the wildflower.
Anyone hiking on the trail is reminded to travel in groups, carry bear spray and know how to use it, and to make noise while moving through the area.
For more information, contact the Hebgen Lake Ranger District at 406-823-6961. A map of the trail closure is available on the Gallatin National Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin.