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New information about Montana avalanche that killed one person

Wounded Buck Creek, north of Wildcat Lake
Posted at 2:04 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 18:24:12-05

KALISPELL — More information has been released about an avalanche in the Swan Mountain Range on Saturday that left one snowmobiler dead.

Observation notes made available from the Flathead Avalanche Center indicate the avalanche was triggered by a snowmobiler in Wounded Buck Creek, north of Wildcat Lake.

The rider was caught, carried, and buried in the avalanche while four other members of the party were also caught and partially buried according to Flathead Avalanche observation notes.

After extricating themselves, the four other members of the party searched for the buried rider up the slope where they found part of his backpack visible in the debris. The four other members were able to locate and uncover the buried snowmobiler.

Despite resuscitation efforts, the buried rider did not survive.

Flathead Avalanche Center observation notes said that bad weather and dangerous avalanche conditions prevented rescuers from reaching the scene until Sunday morning.

Law enforcement recovered the victim’s body early Sunday morning via helicopter. The man has been identified as 59-year-old David Cano.

An Avalanche Warning in the Swan, Whitefish and Flathead Mountain Ranges has been extended through Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.