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By Sigrid Olson

The "working man" predator hunts throughout the watershed


October 11, 2018

Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

A mountain lion in the timber above Potomac September 2018.

Bears are not the only large predators that come in close to homes. Mountain lions are strong predators who live a secluded existence, following their prey and hunting day to day far and wide throughout Montana.

Felis concolor is a large American feline and means cougar, catamount or panther, more commonly known as the mountain lion. They range from Canada to South America and are common predators throughout the Swan, Clearwater and Blackfoot watersheds.

According to the Montana Chapter of Wildlife Society, from January 1998 to December 2006 more than 120 lions were caught in the Blackfoot...

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