Recent sightings of a mountain lion in Lewistown should serve as a reminder to residents and visitors that anywhere in Montana is lion country.
In the past month, Fish, Wildlife and Parks has received several reports of a young lion on the southeast edge of Lewistown in central Montana.
That’s not unusual. Deer are the favorite food of lions, and Lewistown, like some other areas of the state, has an abundant deer population.
As a rule, FWP does not tolerate mountain lions in urban areas, due to public safety. Because lions are territorial, subadults sometimes move into marginal, non-typical habitats, such as urban areas, looking for an unoccupied territory. When that happens, the animal is removed from the population.
FWP offers a list of simple precautions for those who live in occupied lion habitat:
For more information on living with wildlife call any FWP office or visit the Wild Things link on the FWP page: www.fwp.mt.gov.