April 23rd, 2010

Winter Sunlight

This may be a bit of a long shot ...

... but is anyone on my f'list from Montana, or has spent enough time there to be kinda familiar with the geography?

There's a story I want to set there (original, not fanfic). I don't plan on nailing down the location in too much detail if I can help it, but I'd like to set it in rural ranch country with a local sheriff's department if possible. It's set in the late 1980s and there's a supernatural creature killing livestock, which is blamed at first on wolves or cougars.

Is there anyone who has some familiarity with rural or semi-rural Montana and doesn't mind answering some questions regarding basic geography and lifestyles? If necessary, I can move it from Montana to someplace similar elsewhere around the Rockies, though for some reason my brain said "Montana!" when I queried it for a location and has become fairly stuck on the idea. The main character - well, one of them - is a person with a supernatural secret who deliberately sought somewhere remote enough, with no close neighbors, that he could feel reasonably safe from discovery, although this was a few decades ago that he moved there and the area may have gotten more populated since.