Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Living in lion country


November 21, 2019

Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

A mountain lion rests in a large ponderosa pine in 2015 in the Blackfoot Valley.

SEELEY LAKE – Thursday, Oct. 31 wasn't the first time Patti Bartlett had seen a mountain lion on her property. She and her dog Chinook were out checking her pasture fence off north Boy Scout Road before 5 p.m. They saw a mountain lion track but it wasn't fresh so Bartlett didn't think much about it.

"I remember looking down the fence line...I didn't even hear or see....Chinook was right by my side, a foot away maybe, and he made a funny noise. I whipped around and I saw the mountain lion with Chinook in his mouth," said Bartlett.

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