BUTTE, Mont. -

Authorities have rescued a hiker who complained of being cold while stranded in the Madison Range near Bozeman.

The Montana Standard reports that Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin says the hiker was rescued from the range's Chilled Lakes area early Sunday. He was evaluated and cleared to go home.

The sheriff's office had responded to a call from the hiker, who was dressed in only shorts and a T-shirt and said he was possibly suffering from hypothermia. He had been on the ridge at an elevation of 9,560 feet while temperatures were in the low 40s in nearby Bozeman.

Rescue crews used a helicopter to help bring the man to safety.

Gootkin reminded people to be prepared with warmer clothing when they venture out into the backcountry.