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Federal warrant issued for 1980s 'mountain man'

Dan Nichols
AP Photo/Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

This undated photo provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office shows Dan Nichols, one of the infamous Mountain Men who gained notoriety in the early 1980s for kidnapping an Olympic athlete and holding her hostage. The U.S. attorney's office in Montana has filed federal drug and weapons charges against Nichols. 

MOUNTAIN MEN
CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Madison County Sheriff Johnny France, right, and other law enforcement officials displayed happiness mixed with exhaustion and relief after the capture of fugitives Dan and Don Nichols near Bear Trap Canyon in December 1984.


HELENA (AP) — One of the infamous “mountain men” who in the 1980s eluded authorities for five months by living in the wilderness is on the run from the law again — and considered “armed and dangerous.”

The U.S. attorney’s office in Montana has filed federal drug and weapons charges against Dan Nichols, who with his father was convicted in kidnapping a world class athlete in 1984, killing a would-be rescuer and hiding in the remote mountains northwest of Yellowstone National Park.

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