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Aggressive Mountain Lion is Killed

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A mountain lion that recently approached a 4-year-old child in the Blackfoot Valley has been killed.

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said the lion was killed near a home on River Watch Trail, a few miles north of Harpers Lake, where the cat came toward the child on July 23.

Kolbe said that the unusually aggressive lion had not responded to multiple attempts to frighten it away. FWP staff had been looking for the lion for over a week.

FWP Biologist Jay Kolbe and wildlife conflict specialist Bob Wiesner responded to a report of a lion attack on a dog. They caught up with the cat about 11 p.m. Wednesday night, August 1.  The lion matched the witness’ descriptions and photos of the lion sighted on July 23rd.  It was a 117-pound young adult male. It will be transported to the FWP Wildlife Lab in Bozeman for further examination.

Kolbe, in a FWP news release, said there are other lions that have been sighted near Salmon Lake Campground. He advised people to keep small children and pets nearby. When you encounter a big cat, pick up any small children and remain standing. Do not run from nor approach the lion. Talk in a calm voice, and if the lion attacks, fight back.

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