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‘Herd’ of mountain lions photographed in North Idaho

Four of five mountain lions photographed in a series of images in a remote camera put out in the Panhandle Region by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)
Four of five mountain lions photographed in a series of images in a remote camera put out in the Panhandle Region by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

WILDLIFE -- Idaho Fish and Game biologists, who apparently are finally sorting through some of the remote camera images from their summer field work, have posted a series of shots showing a group of five mountain lions in the Selkirk Mountains.

The best single image (above) shows four of the five cougars traveling together in August in the Panhandle Region.

While it's not uncommon for a female cougar to have three grown offspring with her, biologists say more than four in a group is likely to be an adult female cougar with her young along with one of her older female offspring and one or two of that female's offspring.

Either way, it's a rare sighting and and a jaw dropper, especially if you happen to be a deer in the area.




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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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