Helping to produce and direct hunting and fishing radio programs in Missoula for so many years, I was familiar with the name Carl Mann.

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the name, too. Carl would occasionally appear on our programs, offering fishing and hunting reports and advice.  A sad and tragic story was released over the weekend by the Glasgow Courier newspaper.

Carl drowned trying to save his dog, which had fallen through some very thin ice during a hunting excursion. The Courier reported that the Valley County Sheriff announced part-time Valley County resident Carl Mann drowned the morning of Nov. 20 after falling through the ice covering the Trout Pond near Fort Peck, Montana. He was 71 years old.

Sheriff Tom Boyer told the Courier that Carl Mann was out hunting when his dog traveled out onto the ice and fell through. After the dog was unable to self-rescue, Carl attempted to retrieve the dog and fell through the ice as well. After several failed attempts to rescue the dog and himself, he eventually succumbed to the cold and slipped under the ice. His dog perished as well.

An avid outdoorsman, Carl Mann was a well-known guide and outfitter for over 30 years, many of which were spent in the Bitterroot Valley. He also spent quite of bit of time in Fort Peck, particularly after he and his wife had purchased the Fort Peck Hotel.

Our thoughts and condolences for the Mann family at this difficult time.


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