FWP kills mountain lion in Missoula's Miller Creek neighborhood

2013-12-19T05:45:00Z 2013-12-19T06:02:19Z FWP kills mountain lion in Missoula's Miller Creek neighborhood missoulian.com

A state wildlife specialist has killed a mountain lion near Oral Zumwalt Way, possibly resolving several months of cougar sightings in the hills along Missoula’s southern fringe.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks lion specialist Bob Wiesner said the lion was an 18-month-old subadult male weighing about 110 pounds. He was following up on a homeowner’s sighting on Saturday morning and found where the lion had killed a mule deer fawn near some houses in the Miller Creek neighborhood. He was able to track and kill the lion later that day.

“This lion was behaving unnaturally and posed a human safety risk to people at their residences,” said FWP regional wildlife manager Mike Thompson.

FWP issued several warnings about active lions in the Miller Creek area this fall. Game wardens killed three lions there in September.

Mountain lions can rarely be successfully trapped and relocated, as they tend to quickly return to their home territory. They are strict carnivores, and often prey on house pets as well as deer in brushy drainages on the city’s edges.

Anyone seeing a mountain lion in a residential area is asked to report it to law enforcement by calling 9-1-1.

For more information about mountain lion behavior, check out http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/livingWithWildlife/mountainLions/default.html.

Reporter Rob Chaney can be reached at 523-5382 or at rchaney@missoulian.com.

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  1. Objective observer
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    Objective observer - December 20, 2013 7:45 am
    "The officials have been telling us there are no mountain lions in the state. "

    What "officials" have been telling you that?
  2. dandg
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    dandg - December 19, 2013 11:26 pm
    The officials have been telling us there are no mountain lions in the state. So, they must be mistaken about what was killed here. The officials are apparently mistaking a bobcat or a rabbit for a mountain lion. After all these year of accusing us of saying we saw a mountain lion when we saw a bobcat or a parrot. They probably jumped to a conclusion that it was a mountain lion the same way we did. We saw the color and the thick long tail and the size and we googled about what we saw and examined pictures and concluded we saw a mountain lion. but, just as they told us, they probably really saw a..fox or maybe just a very large house cat. Silly officials. And if they did really see a mountain lion, it was someobody's pet who was let loose.
  3. sew2
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    sew2 - December 19, 2013 6:24 pm
    Yikes! You're a bit over the top when this was in someone's back yard.
  4. Roger
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    Roger - December 19, 2013 3:09 pm
    It's one lion in a residential area, not "all the wildlife".
  5. BWO
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    BWO - December 19, 2013 7:45 am
    Let's kill all the wildlife and then we'll have no worries. Pave the forests too while we're at it....how about we put some restrictions on growth?
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