Mountain lions have killed two radio-collared wolves in the Bitterroot Valley since January, a state wolf specialist in Montana says, and two others were killed last year.
“I haven’t heard of it happening anywhere else,” Liz Bradley of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks said. “It’s pretty interesting that the Bitterroot has had so many.”
She found a dead wolf last week with skull puncture wounds that are a trademark of a mountain lion.
“It’s hard to say what happened,” Bradley said. “There was no elk or deer carcass nearby that they may have been competing over.”
She said the lion ate part of the wolf and covered the rest with debris.
In January, she found another dead wolf west of Lolo with the same wounds. In that case, a deer carcass nearby indicated that the two predators apparently fought.