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Officials Urge People To Use Caution Near Cooke City

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COOKE CITY, Mont. -

A 28-year-old man was in good condition Monday at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital after being swept away in an avalanche near Cooke City over the weekend.

This is the fourth incident to happen near Cooke City in a week.

Michael Theilan from Cranbrook, British Columbia broke both legs when he was buried in an avalanche on Mount Abundance near Cooke City Saturday.

It started when Zachary Junkermeier, 18, from Lake Lillian, Minn. died Tuesday after being buried in an avalanche in the Daisy Pass/Crown Butte area.

Thursday, Brian MacPherson, 48, from Martensville, Saskatchewan died after attempting to jump over a creek on his snowmobile and crashed in the Abundance Flat area.

The Park County Sheriff's Department said a man in his 50s was injured in a snowmobile crash in the Round Lake area Friday.

Park County Undersheriff Scott Hamilton said they've had weeks with many incidents near Cooke City in the past.

"We've had weeks like this where there are multiple in the same area there outside of Cooke City a lot of it just depends on the conditions and who's up there recreating," said Hamilton.

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center said the avalanche danger near Cooke City was considerable all week, and still was Monday.

Hamilton said it is important to make sure you have all the proper gear when recreating the backcountry during the winter.

"As in cases of an avalanche, when someone is buried, time is very critical," said Hamilton. "You only have a few minutes to locate and get that person out."

He also said it is a good idea to know how to perform first aid if you are going to be out in the backcountry.    

"It takes a while in the backcountry for emergency responders to get there sometimes so it is best to be prepared," said Hamilton.

Hamilton also advises everyone to check the avalanche conditions before heading out in the backcountry, which you can do so here.

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