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Going-to-the-Sun Road

The view from the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

Authorities in Glacier National Park are investigating after tourists were captured on video hitting golf balls off Going-to-the-Sun Road.

On Thursday, NBC Montana published a cellphone video taken by Glacier visitor Misty Morrow during a recent traffic backup on the famed mountain roadway. Morrow captured visitors driving two golf balls off the edge of the roadway into the forested valley below, as several others watched. "Dude, really?" a woman can be heard saying, after a man in a blue polo shirt and khaki shorts hit the second ball.  

In an emailed statement, Glacier spokeswoman Lauren Alley said that "just like other reported possible violations of law, this incident is under investigation."

"It’s important to realize that throwing or hurling things over the Going-to-the-Sun Road has the potential of hurting or killing wildlife or people down below. You would never throw a bag of garbage over the side, and the same goes for other things that are human made," she wrote.

Alley said that visitors who spot illicit activity should try to get a license plate number or visual of the perpetrator's face, if they are safely able to do so.

This has proven to be a hectic summer at Glacier, which has seen several years of record-breaking visitation. Alley said that law enforcement calls at Glacier are up 40% over last year. Emergencies have included a missing-person investigation and a car plunging 40 feet off Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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