A Darby, Montana, couple has captured some amazing video footage of several mountain lions feeding on an elk carcass in their pasture.
Ben Ricciardi, who lives with his wife Betty on the West Fork Road near the Nez Perce cutoff, noticed that something had killed an elk in his pasture about a week ago. He set up a motion-detecting camera pointed at the carcass out of curiosity, and the footage he got was incredible.
In two separate 10-second clips, a group of mountain lions can be seen hanging around the carcass at night. One lion can be seen chewing on the carcass and dragging it a little ways.
The couple estimated that there were six mountain lions at one point, judging by the glow of their eyes in the footage.
Although impressive, such a gathering of cougars is not unprecedented or even a record. In February 2011, A hunter’s trail camera in Washington state captured eight cougars in a single photo on a Douglas County ranch. Click here to read the Texas Fish & Game story and view photos.