Montgomery Distillery mountain lion hide
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Montgomery Distillery is hoping whomever took a mountain lion hide off the wall earlier this week will return the pelt.

Distillery co-owner Ryan Montgomery put up a post on the business’ Facebook page on Thursday morning, saying that at some point in the past few days someone took the hide from its spot in the hallway between the main tasting room and the restrooms.

Montgomery said it’s possible someone could have taken it off the wall and walked out the back door without being seen.

“I spent all day yesterday upgrading our security system so now we have cameras everywhere,” he said Friday.

He’s also alerted area pawnshops to the theft, and hopes the distillery will be able to recover its stolen property. The hide has a recognizable peach and brown felt border, and Montgomery said the mountain lion it came from was originally shot by his aunt, who lent it to the distillery.

“As you could understand, I’d rather not be on the wrong side of a Montana woman that shoots mountain lions,” he wrote in the Facebook post.

Montgomery said before getting police involved, the distillery is offering a grace period through this weekend – if the person who took the hide returns it, no questions asked.

He’s also offered a $500 reward for the hide’s return. Anyone with information about it is asked to call the distillery at 926-1725 or email

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