Starving mountain lion killed after attacking dog - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Starving mountain lion killed after attacking dog

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - State wildlife officials say a crippled and starving mountain lion was shot after it killed a pit bull that was out for a walk with its owner in the Darby area over the weekend.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Lou Royce says the lion killed the 13-year-old, 50-pound dog last Saturday, after the dog ran down toward a creek to get a drink. Royce says the dog's owner heard a commotion and when she went to investigate, she saw the lion's tail.

Royce was in Missoula when he received a call reporting the attack, so he called some local houndsmen. The houndsmen treed the lion near where the attack occurred and shot the cat. Royce says the lion had a badly broken back leg, weighed about 60 or 70 pounds and was starving. He says the cat would have weighed about 120 pounds if it had been healthy.

 

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