DARBY – A Darby couple has captured some amazing video footage of several mountain lions feeding on an elk carcass in their pasture.
Ben Ricciardi, who lives with his wife Betty on the West Fork Road near the Nez Perce cutoff, noticed that something had killed an elk in his pasture about a week ago. He set up a motion-detecting camera pointed at the carcass out of curiosity, and the footage he got was incredible.
In two separate 10-second clips, a group of mountain lions can be seen hanging around the carcass at night. One lion can be seen chewing on the carcass and dragging it a little ways.
“I’ve never seen nothing like it,” Ricciardi said. “That carcass is only 75 or 80 feet from my house. They devoured that whole elk in three days. Hide, bones, everything. They really did.”
The couple estimated that there were six mountain lions at one point, judging by the glow of their eyes in the footage.
“They came back three nights in a row that I know of,” Ricciardi said. “I’ve never hunted mountain lions, because I never thought much about shooting them out of a tree. But I don’t like predators in my backyard either. I’ve been here 22 years and I’ve never seen anything like that.”
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