Social media did in Yellowstone lion poachers
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Celebratory social media posts tipped off authorities to a trio of Montana mountain lion hunters who illegally killed a lion in Yellowstone National Park.
ALMA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to consider a staff recommendation for the 2020 mountain lion season at its June 21 meeting in Alma.
DENVER (AP) — Wildlife officials have released a mountain lion that was seized from a southern Colorado home after falling ill when the residents fed it bratwurst.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California wildlife authorities say DNA tests confirm that a mountain lion killed in a San Diego County nature preserve this week is the animal that injured a 4-year-old boy hours...
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wildlife officers said Tuesday that they killed a mountain lion in a San Diego County nature preserve and will try to determine if it was the animal that injured a 4-year-old boy...
Child injured in likely mountain lion attack
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa police and the state's Department of Natural Resources are investigating another alleged sighting of a mountain lion in Des Moines.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials have killed a mountain lion that was found off a busy street near downtown Helena.
Helena interim Police Chief Steve Hagen says a NorthWestern...
PATAGONIA, Ariz. (AP) — The state Game and Fish Department says a mountain lion was killed after being found under a mobile home in a rural community in southern Arizona and being deemed a threat...
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Wildlife authorities say they're planning to kill a mountain lion that's been deemed a threat to public safety in Bend.
The Bend Bulletin reports cougar activity has been...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials think a mountain lion seen in Des Moines likely has left town.
The animal was spotted on security video last week west of downtown and on the city's south...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A mountain lion appears to be ambling through much of Des Moines.
Police on Thursday warned city residents to be mindful of the animal after it was spotted on...
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced three men for killing a mountain lion in Yellowstone National Park.
The Livingston, Montana, men earlier pleaded guilty to shooting the...
Rat poison found in California mountain lion that died
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a mountain lion that died last month in the wilderness west of Los Angeles had rat poison in its system.
NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — State wildlife officials say an animal that killed a southern Indiana family's pet cat in March was a bobcat, not a mountain lion.
Dog helps St. Louis researcher track animals in the wild
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Train, a 12-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever from St. Louis, has been at the center of a wildlife conservation research team for about a decade, but he's more focused on...
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The mountain lion hunting season has ended in the Black Hills with the lowest number of animals taken in 10 years, according to South Dakota officials.
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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — New research indicates that increasing hunting pressure on mountain lions to help a struggling mule deer population in western Wyoming may not be working as...
NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — State wildlife officials are investigating a southern Indiana family's report that a mountain lion killed their pet cat.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The National Park Service says researchers in Southern California have re-captured a female mountain and treated it for mange, a parasitic disease of the hair and...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Hunters can apply for one of four mountain lion hunting permits available in Nebraska this spring.
The state Game and Parks Commission says applications for the permits...
Mountain lion sighting near school keeps children inside
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Students and teachers were forced to stay inside a suburban Salt Lake City school while wildlife officials corralled a mountain lion that was spotted nearby.
Authorities remove cougar from tree outside California home
HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have rescued a very big cat — a mountain lion — from a tree outside a home in the Southern California desert.
The homeowner called authorities Saturday after spotting the animal near the edge of the San Bernardino Mountains.
San Bernardino County firefighters found the large mountain lion perched on a branch about 50 feet (15 meters) high.
Runner recalls desperate fight with thrashing mountain lion
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Fear washed over Travis Kauffman as he wrestled with a thrashing mountain lion that attacked him on a Colorado mountain trail, but then his fighting instinct took over as he found its neck with his foot and suffocated the young cat.
Survivor recounts battle against mountain lion
Mountain lion sighting near school triggers shelter-in-place
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Salt Lake City area elementary schools are keeping students inside after reports of a mountain lion sighting in a backyard near one of the schools.
Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandra Riesgraf said Friday that the cougar was spotted by a resident early Friday morning in backyards of houses near Foothills Elementary School in Riverton, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Salt Lake City.
Trail runner recounts life-or-death fight with mountain lion
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — When a young mountain lion clamped its jaws onto Travis Kauffman's wrist and clawed at his face, he screamed a "barbarian yell," jammed his foot onto the animal's neck and held it there until the cat quit thrashing and died.
After a couple of minutes, Kauffmann recalled Thursday, "it finally stopped moving and then the jaws opened and I was able to kind of scramble back up the hill and get the heck out of Dodge."
The Latest: Mountain lion locked its jaws on runner’s wrist
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado mountain lion attack (all times local):
A Colorado man who survived a mountain lion attack says he knew he had to do something drastic when the young cat's jaws stayed clamped on his wrist as he pounded its head with a rock.
Travis Kauffman said Thursday that he got one foot onto the cat's neck and held it there as the animal thrashed. Eventually the animal stopped moving, and Kauffman pulled out his arm and scrambled away.
Mountain lion killed in California wine country sparks anger
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A fatally shot young mountain lion in Northern California that was part of a research project has set off angry criticism and left a family defending its actions.
The mountain lion killed a goat before the animal was trapped in Napa last week and fitted with an electronic collar as part of an Audubon Canyon Ranch research project, the Press Democrat reported Tuesday.
Western Montana districts hit female mountain lion quotas
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife officials say hunters in several western Montana hunting districts have met the quota of female mountain lions for the season.
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department says hunting in portions of Mineral, Sanders and Missoula counties closed Sunday evening.
Hunting in portions of Mineral and Missoula counties will close Monday after sunset.
Area where Colorado runner killed mountain lion stays closed
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — An area in northern Colorado where a man fought off and killed a mountain lion that attacked him during a trail run remains closed.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports Horsetooth Mountain Open Space was closed after Monday's attack because of an increase in mountain lion activity in the area.
Game officials, Bend police track, kill cougar deemed threat
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say they've killed a cougar that had been seen around homes in Bend.
Agents with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Bend police tracked the animal into the Deschutes River Woods on Saturday morning. They say they believe that based on the territorial nature of male cougars and the size of its paws, it was the same animal that had been seen in backyards in southwest Bend and that it did pose a threat to people.
Game and Fish confirms mountain lion tracks in Lincoln
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department has confirmed that a mountain lion passed through the city of Lincoln about a month after a lion wandered into the middle of nearby Bismarck and was killed by police in the interest of public safety.
Two lion confirmations in such a short period is probably a first for the capital city area, but they are likely an anomaly and no cause for public concern, according to the state's lion expert.
Runner survives attack by choking mountain lion to death
DENVER (AP) — A mountain lion lunged at a runner on a Colorado trail and bit his face before the man fought back and choked the animal to death, wildlife officials said Tuesday.
The unidentified man was running alone at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins on Monday when he heard a noise and turned back. That's when the mountain lion attacked, according to an account from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The Latest: Man chokes cougar who attacked in Colorado
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a man attacked by a mountain lion in Colorado (all times local):
Wildlife officials say a man who fought off a young mountain lion on a northern Colorado trail killed the animal by choking it.
The man was running alone near Fort Collins on Monday when the lion attacked him from behind after the movement apparently triggered its hunting instincts.
Idaho woman breaking up ‘dog fight’ grabs young cougar
MACKAY, Idaho (AP) — Idaho wildlife officials say a woman who thought she was breaking up a dog fight quickly realized she'd grabbed hold of a young mountain lion.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wrote in a prepared statement Monday that the woman thought her dog was fighting with another dog outside their home in Mackay (MACK-kee) on Jan. 30 when she started pulling the animals apart.
Runner fights off, kills mountain lion in northern Colorado
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A man is recovering after he fought off and killed a mountain lion that attacked him during a trail run in northern Colorado.
Colorado wildlife officials trap, kill 5 mountain lions
RIFLE, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials have trapped and killed five mountain lions near a Colorado town after residents reported aggressive behavior by the predators.
The Rifle Citizen Telegram reports Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials trapped and killed the mountain lions last month in the Glenwood Springs area.
Hunters find mountain lion carcass in north-central Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State game wardens have confirmed a mountain lion carcass was found in north-central Kansas.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reported Thursday that hunters found the female lion's remains in Rooks County, just north of Hays.
The agency said the group of hunters contacted a local game warden. The incident is still under investigation.
Officials warn of mountain lions in Wood River Valley
KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — Mountain lions have killed two dogs this month near houses in the Wood River Valley, Idaho wildlife officials said.
Late-season lion hunting closed in North Dakota’s Zone 1
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Late-season mountain lion hunting has been closed in western North Dakota's Zone 1, after the limit of seven animals killed was reached.
However, the state Game and Fish Department says a conditional season in Zone 1 will open Jan. 28 for hunters to pursue six lions that weren't taken during the early season. The early season harvest limit was eight cats, and only two were killed.
Mountain lions seen near rural Montana school bus stop
FLORENCE, Mont. (AP) — Mountain lions have been sighted near a school bus stop used by a rural Montana school district.
The Ravalli Republic reports that Florence-Carlton School District said officials received a report of three mountain lions near the area where the bus turns around west of Florence on Tuesday morning.
Mountain lion killed near North Dakota capital’s downtown
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A mountain lion that wildlife officials had tracked last fall before it thwarted their efforts was shot and killed Tuesday after wandering into an area not far from the North Dakota state capital city's downtown.
Taxidermists are busy creating works of art
APOLLO, Pa. (AP) — Making a prize trophy — be it a deer, bear, turkey, mountain lion, zebra or any other mammal, fish or fowl — look lifelike through taxidermy for hunter or fisherman is a real art form, area taxidermists say.
"I like to create art, and that is what this really is," said Randy Kanner, owner of Fur, Feathers & Fins Taxidermy of Washington Township, Westmoreland County.
Mountain lion found dead with burns after California fire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a mountain lion that survived Southern California's recent wildfire was later found dead with badly burned paws.
The National Park Service said Friday that a GPS collar worn by the big cat known as P-64 transmitted signals on Nov. 26 and Nov. 28 — more than two weeks after the destructive Woolsey fire broke out.
Residents believe cougars still roam New Hampshire’s forests
HOLDERNESS, N.H. (AP) — Two of the known mountain lions in New Hampshire have spent their 15 years in close proximity to humans.
But you won't find evidence of their existence in paw prints in the snow or a deer carcass in a tree. The brother and sister big cats have lived their lives behind a thick pane of glass at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness. They came to the center after their mother was killed in Montana.
Mountain lion caught on video in eastern South Dakota
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A state wildlife official says a mountain lion captured on video in eastern South Dakota is likely just passing through.
Yankton resident Jim Ryan spotted the big cat on footage from the security camera outside his garage over the weekend. The closest breeding population of lions is in western South Dakotas' Black Hills.
Mountain lion believed killed in Southern California fire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a mountain lion tracked by researchers likely died in a wildfire that tore through Southern California communities and wilderness areas.
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area tweeted Monday that there's been no signal from the GPS collar on the mountain lion dubbed P-74 since Nov. 9. That's the day the Woolsey fire swept into the central part of the Santa Monica Mountains northwest of Los Angeles.
Wildlife officials seize mountain lion kitten fed bratwurst
WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials who seized a mountain lion kitten from a southern Colorado home say the feline fell ill after the residents fed it bratwurst.
Travis Sauder with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the kitten appeared to be in good health otherwise and was sent to a wildlife rehabilitation center Tuesday.