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By Andi Bourne

Increased livestock depredation linked to mountain lions


April 23, 2020

Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

A wolf stopped at livestock fencelines in Potomac March 29. The landowner has been noticing tracks in the area since January. There are known wolf packs in the Sheep Mountain, Sunflower Mountain and Belmont areas.

Living in rural Montana, people get used to seeing signs of wolves, lions and bears and if they get lucky, running into the animals themselves. However, the presence of predators for ranchers and other livestock owners poses unique challenges.

In 2019, the Montana's Livestock Loss Board recorded 376 livestock killed by wolves, grizzly bears and lions. This is the highest number of livestock killed by predators since they started keeping statistics in 2008 and resulted in the highest payouts to ranchers by more than $30,000.

While these numbers may be alarming to some, local Montana Fish, W...

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