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Wed., Dec. 19, 2012, 6:09 a.m.

Cougars may have bigger impact on elk than wolves

 A mountain lion often slept by the Angus bull carcass above Missoula’s South Hills. When the cougar wasn't there, a gray wolf also fed on the carcass in February 2011. (Courtesy photo)
A mountain lion often slept by the Angus bull carcass above Missoula’s South Hills. When the cougar wasn't there, a gray wolf also fed on the carcass in February 2011. (Courtesy photo)

PREDATORS -- While the war on wolves continues, mountain lions haven't been fasting.

Montana turns its focus to mountain lions in Bitterroot study

At midpoint of a three-year study of elk in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists were surprised to learn the role mountain lions have played in elk deaths, and they have begun a yearlong study of the big cats in the valley to learn more about that population. -- Ravalli Republic




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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