Tires Slashed on Over a Dozen Out-of-State Vehicles on the Madison

Photo from the GoFundMe set up to support the guides who's tires were slashed.
Featured from GoFundMe supporting the guides whose tires were slashed on July 14, 2021. 

If you haven’t been paying attention, things are getting contentious on the world-famous Madison River in Montana. From permitting access to overcrowded holes and runs, it’s safe to say that things are coming to a head between locals and anglers traveling to the area.


According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, tires on 15 vehicles were slashed along a 7-mile stretch of the legendary trout river. Sheriff Phil Fortner reported that none of the damaged vehicles had Montana plates and all were parked at river access points between Three Dollar Bridge and Lyons Bridge.

“Unless someone has noticed anything suspicious that day that can lead us in the direction of a certain person or persons, then it’s going to be difficult to identify a suspect,” Fortner said.

None of the parking areas had cameras set up, so identifying a suspect has been difficult, but the Sheriff did say that because none of the vehicles were in-state, they believe that the perpetrator was disgruntled by the increased visitation and attention the Madison River has received in recent seasons.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help those affected by the vandalism with their repairs, and you can support that, here.

If you know anything about the tire-slasher please call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 843-5301.

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