Investigation into Death of Dog

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the death of a dog that was located near Trail Creek road, south of the interstate. A Necropsy was performed by a licensed Veterinarian. The natural deterioration of the body made it difficult to determine the exact cause of death. Some of the injuries are consistent with those possibly caused by a vehicle. Some reports have mentioned bullet wounds throughout the body. These reports have been identified as inaccurate. Many of the wounds seen on the pictures occurred post-mortem. There were no ligature marks on the underside of the neck, other areas of the neck were unable to be examined due to decomposition. The investigation has determined this was most likely an unfortunate accident and the investigation has been closed.  If someone has more information regarding this investigation, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100


Phone Scams

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving an increasing number of calls from residents who are reporting phone scams.  It appears that someone is calling residents and telling them they have a “warrant” for failing to appear for jury duty.  The caller identifies himself as “Lt Williams”  of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, badge number 2124 and asks for money to clear up the warrant.  Residents are reporting that the number 406-924-3299 is showing up on Caller ID.

The Sheriff would like to remind everyone to be aware and never give any personal or financial information over the phone to anyone that you did not call yourself.  This scam is one of the many scams that are popular and making their way through communities.  Other scams involve the IRS and delinquent payments, telling people that they have a loved one in jail and to send money to get them out of jail, emails stating that your computer has a virus and they give you a link to log onto and then they lock up your computer and take your personal information.  These are only a few of the scams that are popular.

If you receive any phone calls that you feel are suspicious, hang-up and call your local law enforcement.

Spring Rescues Start


On April 22nd, 2016, at around 11:45 am, The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a 77 year old female had fallen and broken her wrist while hiking.  The elderly woman was located at the top of Drinking Horse Mountain Trail in Bozeman and was reportedly bleeding and losing consciousness. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, AMR and Bridger Fire Department  responded.

Search & Rescue Team Members coordinated a rescue plan and quickly negotiated the terrain to reach the patient at the summit.  She was medically treated and transported via wheeled litter to the base of the trailhead.  She was subsequently transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for further care and is expected to fully recover.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind hikers never hike alone and always carry a fully charged cell phone or GPS Spot Beacon. Sheriff Gootkin would also like to remind hikers to stay hydrated and bring food along with appropriate gear for the terrain and weather.