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Man allegedly pepper-sprays hiker, dog near Pattee Canyon picnic area

Man allegedly pepper-sprays hiker, dog near Pattee Canyon picnic area

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Authorities are looking for information on a male who pepper-sprayed a woman and her dog while they were hiking near the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area picnic area Saturday.

The incident occurred about 1 p.m. The woman was walking her golden retriever when a man expressed his agitation that the dog wasn’t on a leash, according to a Five Valleys Crime Stoppers message posted Monday.

The man pepper-sprayed the dog, and when the woman confronted him and threatened to call 9-1-1, he sprayed her in the face.

The suspect is in his 50s, about 6 feet tall, heavyset with clean-cut gray hair and possibly facial hair. He was wearing jeans and a green parka-style coat.

Anyone with information is asked to call Five Valleys Crime Stoppers at (406) 721-444. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 and you can remain anonymous.

​Reach the Missoulian newsroom at @missoulian, at newsdesk@missoulian.com or at (406) 523-5240

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