The U.S. Forest Service has banned recreational sport shooting in the Coram Experimental Forest due to public safety concerns.
The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/16690b9) the ban includes the discharge of firearms, air rifles and gas guns.
The shooting ban does not apply to legal hunting activities.
The Coram Experimental Forest is a research and recreation area in the Hungry Horse Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest.
Officials say the experimental forest is a high-use area that draws hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and off-highway vehicles. It's also a study area for researchers.
Overnight camping, campfires and firewood cutting are also banned in the experimental forest.