Latest Mountains News

Trapping ban urged for cat-sized forest predators in Montana

Jan. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Tuesday urged Montana officials to ban trapping along much of the state's border with Idaho to protect an isolated population of cat-sized predators living in old-growth forests. Representatives of five environmental groups said in a petition to Montana wildlife...

2 ski patrollers killed in French Alps by avalanche charges

Jan. 13, 2019 8:35 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French police say two ski patrollers have been killed when the devices they use to trigger avalanches exploded as they were securing the slopes at a ski resort in the French Alps. The high mountain gendarmerie of the Haute-Savoie region said the accident happened Sunday morning in Morillon...

Oregon snowpack fails again to reach normal standard

Jan. 11, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's snowpack is below normal again and data shows the state is reaching historically normal levels less often. The Natural Resources Conservation Service shows the state's snow-water equivalent in the mountains is 72 percent of normal, with the number lower in western Oregon, the...

Avalanches, accidents bring Europe's winter death toll to 21

Jan. 11, 2019 4:02 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Heavy snow paralyzed much of Europe for yet another day, cutting off mountain villages, sparking avalanches like one that crashed into a Swiss hotel and killing at least four more people Friday. Workers at the Hotel Saentis in eastern Switzerland spent Friday shoveling out hip-deep...

Nevada panel backs new tribal name for Jeff Davis Peak

Jan. 9, 2019 5:04 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A state board wants to change the name of a mountain peak in eastern Nevada's Great Basin National Park to more appropriately recognize a geological area important to a native tribe instead of honoring the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The Nevada Board of Geographic...

US orders refuges to staff for hunters despite shutdown

Jan. 9, 2019 3:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return staffers to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The partial restaffing of 38 wildlife...

Austrian train workers rescue wild goat buried in snowdrift

Jan. 9, 2019 11:32 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian train workers have shut down their track clearing operations to rescue a mountain goat after seeing it get buried in a deluge of snow they had been clearing from the rails. Austrian news agency APA reported Wednesday two workers leapt out of the train and shoveled through the snow to...

Mount Rainier National Park closes main entrance to vehicles

Jan. 8, 2019 12:03 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The main entrance to Mount Rainier National Park has closed as the partial government shutdown enters into a third week. The News Tribune reports the park closed the Nisqually entrance near Ashford on Sunday following a winter weather advisory, warning of snow-covered roads and limited...

Alps avalanche risk high, several dead in weather incidents

Jan. 7, 2019 11:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Austria and southern Germany warned Monday that the risk for avalanches in the northern Alps remains high after several people died in weather-related incidents. A 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman who went missing while snowshoeing were found dead near Salzburg in...

High avalanche risk in Alps amid heavy snow; 2 dead

Jan. 6, 2019 11:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities warned Sunday of a high risk of avalanches on the northern side of the Alps, after heavy snowfall in recent days created dangerous conditions across parts of southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A 20-year-old skier died in an avalanche Saturday on Mount Teisen, near the...