Wild Life - July 2020

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Zelzin Aketzalli hiked the Continental Divide Trail in 2019, completing the third leg of the Triple Crown (photo by Michael Casarrubia)

Zelzin Aketzalli completed her first thru-hike in 2017 when she tackled the Pacific Crest Trail. By 2019, she had completed the Triple Crown – comprised of three long-distance hiking trails totaling 7,900 miles that cross 22 states.

The top of the Snowcrests provides nearly 10 miles of rewarding ridge walking and expansive views (photo by Zack Porter)

The Snowcrests showcase rugged peaks well over 10,000 feet high. Teeming with wildlife, including elk, bighorn sheep, grizzlies, black bears, mountain lions, and more, you’re almost certain to spot an animal while exploring.

Wild westslope cutthroat trout, caught and released (photo by C.S. Nafzger/Shutterstock)

In addition to hybridization, habitat loss and degradation have also contributed to the cutthroat’s reduced range in Montana.

Originally built to give the Forest Service access the forest over the Kootenai River, the swinging bridge outside of Libby was rebuilt after a flood in 1984 destroyed its foundation (photo by Kevin League)

Spanning 2.2 million acres in the northwest corner of the state, the Kootenai National Forest is one of the largest national forests in Montana. 

Remembering Jim Posewitz, Montana conservation leader and visionary (photo by Kenton Rowe)

Jim Posewitz passed away on July 3, leaving behind a legacy that we should all strive to live up to.