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An Oregon man who fell down a creek while walking his dog in Montana is fighting to get his water rights back.
Kelley Johnson told The Hill he went hiking on July 14, 2015, when he was hiking near his home near Gyeongju, South Korea.
Johnson said he got lost and made it across the river in the evening.
The next morning, he went to the Kootenai National Forest, a popular spot for hiking in the summer.
He went back the next day and reported the trail had been cut.
He said a ranger found him, found him on a hillside and told him to leave.
But Johnson, a retired truck driver who lives in Portland, didn’t want to leave the park.
He wanted his rights back, he said.
So he went back to the trail and found the trailhead where he was supposed to go.
“I had a little bit of water, so I went back and told the ranger, ‘Can I have my water rights again?'” he said, adding that he didn’t have a problem with the ranger because he was just hiking with his dog.
“He said, ‘I can’t do that.’
He said, I don’t have water rights, I have water for my dogs.'”
Johnson said he filed a lawsuit with the state, which has yet to respond.
The state’s attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Johnson said his attorney told him he would get his rights again, but the state still wouldn’t give him his rights.
Johnson called the lawsuit frivolous and said he’ll file it in federal court.
The federal government is not a party to the case, but Johnson said the state is.
Johnson and his wife, Kim, had just gotten married last month.
They said they plan to start a new life in Montana.
“We’re going to try to make it work,” Kim Johnson said.