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Mountain lion and three kittens killed after pet dogs killed

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A mountain lion and her three kittens were put down by wildlife officials in Montana after two pet dogs were killed by the wild animal. According to NBC Montana, a 35-pound dog was killed by the mountain lion on Sunday on the outskirts of Missoula; a second dog was later reported deceased.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife management specialist James Jonkel acknowledged that the decision to kill the lions was made because domesticated pets had been killed, but admitted that culling the mountain lions was “unfortunate.”  ABC Montana News reported that mountain lions are difficult to relocate to other areas and they become dangerous when they start to prey on pets.


The adult lion’s kittens were killed because wildlife officials felt that they would not survive without their mother and they believed that zoos would not be interested in taking them in. Local school officials assured parents that students in the area were not in danger from the mountain lions.

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15 replies
  1. Lisa says:

    This was totally wrong! The mama cat was probably just protecting her babies and they did’nt deserve to die. I’m sorry the dogs were killed but it did’nt say she went into their yard to kill them so i assume they were in her space.

    • Kathy says:

      I agree! If the dogs were not eaten then she was protecting her young! The article didn’t say the dogs were preyed upon. Wildlife officials take the lazy way out, in my opinion, by not following through with all the alternatives to keep these cats alive. Killing usually seem to be their first answer! If they keep this up we will no longer have any animals in nature!

  2. Red says:

    I think it is so horribly sad that humans have taken over, spread out and pushed wildlife so far out of their habitat that they are being killed for trying to survive and feed their young. There has simply GOT TO BE A better way than the excuse of “culling”…. horribly sad and depressing. We are losing our wildlife to rapidly….

  3. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    Pourquoi ne pas faire la même chose pour tout les assassins en liberté dans le monde, il y aurait plus de place pour les animaux sauvages qui veulent seulement vivre dans leur espace. Arrêtons de nous approprié une terre qui n’appartient pas seulement à l’humain , mais à toute vie existante. Nous sommes la seule espèce qui n’aurait jamais dû exister, nous détruisons tout ce qui est vital.

  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    So where were these dogs when they were killed? Were they interfering with the mother cat and her kittens? This was most likely a Mother protecting her young, and the dogs should have been kept home. If the dogs were in their enclosed yards and the cat attacked them, then I apologize but I will be surprised if this was the case!

  5. Patricia Avadillo says:

    How about Sanctuary? People who choose to kill the babies are stupid ignorants, there are many ways to save them.But this humans decided the easy way as always.Don’t take wrong but I love dogs and all wild animals and perhaps mom had to eat to feed her babies?

  6. Karen Glass says:

    Was a zoo even contacted. asked if they wanted the kittens ?? i think not..yes its government agency bs at its best…momma cat defending her babies and they all die..sad sad sad


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