Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Bobcat Saddle
Ravalli County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description gap, elevation 1,981 m (6,500 ft), in Bitterroot National Forest, 1.6 km (1 mi) SSW of Cold Spring Hill, 2.1 km (1.3 mi) N of Deer Mountain, 24 km (15 mi) SSE of Hamilton; named for bobcats seen at the site
Location 46°02’44”N, 114°03’32”W
PLSS Location Sec 2,T3N,R20W
Proposal new name for an unnamed feature
Proponent Chip Harris; Darby, MT
Administrative area Bitterroot National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 2036649
Local Usage Bobcat Saddle (proponent and local loggers)
Published None found
w name Bobcat Saddle is proposed for a gap located along a ridge between Cold Spring Hill and Deer Mountain in the Bitterroot National Forest. The proponent, a resident of Darby and an assistant engine foreman for the USDA Forest Service, reports that he and several co-workers were driving over the saddle when they spotted three bobcats. The animals climbed into a nearby tree, permitting the proponent and his companions to observe them for several minutes. He reports that there is still some logging being done in the area, so there is often a need to refer to this location and to differentiate it from another saddle located nearby. Over the past year he and the loggers have begun to refer to the gap as Bobcat Saddle. He indicated that he is submitting this proposal on his own behalf and not as a representative of the Forest Service. The area in which this gap is located is not designated wilderness. There are 21 other geographic features in Montana already named “Bobcat”, although none are in Ravalli County and none are named Bobcat Saddle. The Montana State Board on Geographic Names solicited input on the proposal from the State’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, as well as the Commissioners of Ravalli County, and after receiving no objection, has recommended approval of the proposal. Letters seeking input were sent to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation, the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho, all of which are Federally-recognized, but no response was received, indicating a lack of an opinion on the issue. The Forest Service has indicated it has no objection to the proposal.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, March 11, 2004
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - This new name would apply to a gap located within the Bitterroot National Forest. It was submitted by an employee of the USDA Forest Service, who reports that he and several co-workers were driving over the saddle when they spotted three bobcats in a nearby tree (see Attachment E, #3). A motion was made and seconded to approve the name.

Vote: 10 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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