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OUTDOORS: What you should do in a Mountain Lion Encounter


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An encounter between a mountain biker and a mountain lion family group near Whitefish last week prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to remind Montana residents about safety in mountain lion territory. Mountain lions are prevalent in Hill and Blaine counties.

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A brief encounter involving a mountain biker and a family group of mountain lions on a forested trail system north of Whitefish highlights the need to be aware of possible wildlife encounters in the outdoors and to follow safety precautions.

On the afternoon of June 28, an adult male riding a mountain bike reported encountering a group of 3-4 mountain lions on the Whitefish Trail system near Haskill Lake. The biker said the lions briefly followed him down the trail before he lost sight of them. The lions did not make physical contact with the biker at any time. Based on the de...

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