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Montana Lions

I hunt a ranch in the foothills of the Beartooth mountains in south central Montana. My friend who hunts the ranch with me was down there 2 weeks ago with his young sons when they saw 4 cougar, 2 took off running and the 2 just sat there 70 yards of the trail, he said one was a big tom. He said all appeared to be full grown. I have no experience hunting cougar and know little about their habits, but from what I do know if you see one your extremely lucky, let alone 4 in one place. I know there are lots of deer, turkey and elk and no doubt the elk and deer were dropping calves and fawns, anyone have an opinion as to why they would be together and is this something I should worry about as far as big game population on ranch?

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Mountain lions are very

Mountain lions are very solitary animals and I believe what your friend saw was a female and yearling's and not a mature tom.

Now for the big game population on the ranch a single cat will kill a deer every week, so that is 52 deer a year. I have never seen the figures on how many elk one may take but I can assure you that it could be as close to 1 every week or 1 every 2 weeks.

You should actually be more concerned with the wolves in the area. They will kill as many animals as they can get to and then feed at their leisure.

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Nope, wrong. I trust him to

Nope, wrong. I trust him to know what he saw. He has guided for years and knows how to identify animals...LOL. He glassed the tom for 5 minutes while it sat 70 yards away.

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Nope, wrong. I trust him to know what he saw. He has guided for years and knows how to identify animals...LOL. He glassed the tom for 5 minutes while it sat 70 yards away.

Then perhaps you need to ask the question to your friend that knows about mountain lions then.

I am just saying that mountain lions are very solitary animals and just about the only time that you will find them with other lions is either during the mating season or with a female with young. They don't form packs to hunt or play.

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MTHusker wrote:
Nope, wrong. I trust him to know what he saw. He has guided for years and knows how to identify animals...LOL. He glassed the tom for 5 minutes while it sat 70 yards away.

Then perhaps you need to ask the question to your friend that knows about mountain lions then.

I am just saying that mountain lions are very solitary animals and just about the only time that you will find them with other lions is either during the mating season or with a female with young. They don't form packs to hunt or play.


That is why I posted.LOL. It is very unusual and I was wondering if anyone had seen similiar behavior. Dont be such a know it all.

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I've been running lions for

I've been running lions for 35 years. I'm afraid your buddy mis identified the female for a Tom. I've seen four lions together on several occasions. Always a female with juveniles. The only time a Tom is with another lion is if he is in a confrontation with another Tom or he is courting a female. as mentioned earlier, lions do not form any type of packs, ever.  Ive cut thousands of lion tracks and I've never ever found two adult females together. Whenever anyone sees a lion, it's always a big Tom. But by far, the majority of the time what they saw was a female. 

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