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May 29, 2012

Mountain Lions Kill 2 Radio-Collared Wolves in Montana

By Chad Love

You know that "Animal Face-Off" Animal Planet show where scientists, engineers and animal experts use sophisticated forensic science to determine the winner of epic but purely hypothetical battles between various large and toothsome megafauna?

Bear versus tiger, croc versus hippo and that kind of stuff. Well, it appears the mountain lions of Montana are rendering the question of "mountain lion versus wolf" completely moot.
 
From this story on nbcmontana.com:
 
A state wolf specialist in Montana says mountain lions have killed two radio-collared wolves in the Bitterroot Valley since January. Liz Bradley of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said she found a dead wolf last week with skull puncture wounds that are a trademark of a mountain lion.

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. Bradley said a deer carcass nearby indicates the two predators apparently fought. She said last year she found two other wolves with puncture wounds in their skulls.
 
So are you Team Kitty or Team Canine? One-on-one, it appears that a wolf is no match for a mountain lion. Makes sense. Just too much tooth, muscle, quickness and claw for a single wolf to handle, but I'm guessing when it's a case of one-on-pack, it's a different story. Any other match-ups you'd like to see?

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from OutdoorEnvy wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Mountain Lion vs. Wolverine

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

School of piranha versus a shark.

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from Colorado Samurai wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Shock of all shocks, big predators don't like each other. I like both teams and don't have a favorite. How about Kamchatka Bear vs. Siberian Tiger?

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from country road wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Canadian lynx vs. an Alabama Swamp Monkey.

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from rock rat wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Like to see those cats cloned and dispersed.

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from BaboosicBomb wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Democrat vs communist

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Its a tie. Both animals are cool for different reasons.

I would like to see a match between a big male lion and a Grizzly bear. The Bear has the size advantage but i think they would be about even for strength. The Lion would have the upper hand in speed and agility. I think the fight would come down to who's fast and has better reaction time. therefor the Lion wins 7 out of 10 time.

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Chad Love Vs. Dave Hurteau

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from smccardell wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

PETA vs The Humane Society

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from Clay Cooper wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Competition amongst the hunters for wolves, Mountain Lions just don't like the competition either!

Back in 85, Mac Thomson and I wuz helping one of our friends on a Antelope hunt on the Johnson Ranch just north of Carrizozo New Mexico and ran into one of the Game Wardens. He told us a story about one of the Biologists finding dead Mountain Lions out on the White Sands Missile Range. They had what looked like bullet holes but couldn’t find the projectiles. Sometime later, the Biologist stumbled across a group of Oryx and noticed a small Mountain Lion still impaled on the Oryx’s horns.

www.bing.com/images/search?q=Whitesands+Missile+Range+oryx&view=detail&i...

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Sasquatch vs. Yeti!?
Obama vs. Kodiak brown!
Did I say that?!
Hillary vs. Slick Willie
Al Queda vs. Taliban

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from Captjim wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Black Panthers vs Hell's Angels

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from shane wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

"and covered the rest with debris"

Have the catamounts begun subscribing to an altered version of SSS? Skullcrush Shovel and Shut up?

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from tom warner wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Since predators and wild animals in general fight so seldom, it's not a very significant question. The Animal Planet show has become one of the the most absurd and idiotic offerings on TV, catering to watchers that mostly know very little about animals, or don't care and just enjoy looking at a load of BS. I stopped watching quite awhile ago and so have most of my friends. Hope it goes off the air.

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from bounty1 wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Anything vs. Honey Badger. (Sorry anything..... You lose)

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from bruisedsausage wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Maybe its because the cats are hungry due to all of their natural food sources being depleted. Or maybe the kitties don't like the fact that the wolf packs are killing off their kind, and are picking them off one by one.

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from hunterandfarmer wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I would like to see a wolf or a mountain lion against a cow with a newborn calf. A year ago this past january we had a cow go through a fence into a pasture where there weren't any other cattle to calve. She had twins and judging off the tracks we found (6-8 in. of snow) where she calved, a pack of coyotes attacked while she was cleaning the calves and she couldn't keep the coyotes off of both calves and lost one of them. We found her a day or two later when we came up a cow short when the main herd was checked. A couple of weeks later a cow calved sometime between 8 and 12 p.m. in a snowstorm and we never found that calf, there was just some blood on the snow where the cow calved, it was just like something was waiting til she had the calf and then immediately took it. We didn't find any cat or dog tracks, we also have a very high coyote population. As I recall, it was the next morning when my brother was feeding the cows hay that he saw a canine, as he described it it was 60-70 pounds and greyish in color, he also said it looked like a wolf. In the past six years I have seen 2 mountain lions within a quarter of a mile of where the calf disappeared, my uncle has seen what he believes were wolves within 30 miled of the scene. I would appreciate any thoughts or idea's.

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from Bushwackers wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I have an 8lb siamese cat that rules my property..a lone wolfe would have no chance against a mountain lion.

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from jr9893 wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Wolverine vs. Wolverine

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from otdorjunky wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

honey badger versus chuck norris.....
the battle of the century who would win?

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from Bushwackers wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

duh..Chuck

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from bounty1 wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Yah, Chuck would win...... he'd win the race to the other end of the county get'n his a$$ out'a there. Honey badgers kill cobras like they're fly's. First let's see Mr. Norris catch and kill a cobra with his teeth before he takes on the champ.

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

BaboosicBomb a democrat is a communist

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from fishman417 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Bigfoot and yeti
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wolf and wolvorine
who do you think would win

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from smccardell wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

PETA vs The Humane Society

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from Captjim wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Black Panthers vs Hell's Angels

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from rock rat wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Like to see those cats cloned and dispersed.

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Chad Love Vs. Dave Hurteau

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Sasquatch vs. Yeti!?
Obama vs. Kodiak brown!
Did I say that?!
Hillary vs. Slick Willie
Al Queda vs. Taliban

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from shane wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

"and covered the rest with debris"

Have the catamounts begun subscribing to an altered version of SSS? Skullcrush Shovel and Shut up?

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from bounty1 wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Anything vs. Honey Badger. (Sorry anything..... You lose)

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from OutdoorEnvy wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Mountain Lion vs. Wolverine

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

School of piranha versus a shark.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Colorado Samurai wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Shock of all shocks, big predators don't like each other. I like both teams and don't have a favorite. How about Kamchatka Bear vs. Siberian Tiger?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from country road wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Canadian lynx vs. an Alabama Swamp Monkey.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Its a tie. Both animals are cool for different reasons.

I would like to see a match between a big male lion and a Grizzly bear. The Bear has the size advantage but i think they would be about even for strength. The Lion would have the upper hand in speed and agility. I think the fight would come down to who's fast and has better reaction time. therefor the Lion wins 7 out of 10 time.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Competition amongst the hunters for wolves, Mountain Lions just don't like the competition either!

Back in 85, Mac Thomson and I wuz helping one of our friends on a Antelope hunt on the Johnson Ranch just north of Carrizozo New Mexico and ran into one of the Game Wardens. He told us a story about one of the Biologists finding dead Mountain Lions out on the White Sands Missile Range. They had what looked like bullet holes but couldn’t find the projectiles. Sometime later, the Biologist stumbled across a group of Oryx and noticed a small Mountain Lion still impaled on the Oryx’s horns.

www.bing.com/images/search?q=Whitesands+Missile+Range+oryx&view=detail&i...

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from tom warner wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Since predators and wild animals in general fight so seldom, it's not a very significant question. The Animal Planet show has become one of the the most absurd and idiotic offerings on TV, catering to watchers that mostly know very little about animals, or don't care and just enjoy looking at a load of BS. I stopped watching quite awhile ago and so have most of my friends. Hope it goes off the air.

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from bruisedsausage wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Maybe its because the cats are hungry due to all of their natural food sources being depleted. Or maybe the kitties don't like the fact that the wolf packs are killing off their kind, and are picking them off one by one.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from hunterandfarmer wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I would like to see a wolf or a mountain lion against a cow with a newborn calf. A year ago this past january we had a cow go through a fence into a pasture where there weren't any other cattle to calve. She had twins and judging off the tracks we found (6-8 in. of snow) where she calved, a pack of coyotes attacked while she was cleaning the calves and she couldn't keep the coyotes off of both calves and lost one of them. We found her a day or two later when we came up a cow short when the main herd was checked. A couple of weeks later a cow calved sometime between 8 and 12 p.m. in a snowstorm and we never found that calf, there was just some blood on the snow where the cow calved, it was just like something was waiting til she had the calf and then immediately took it. We didn't find any cat or dog tracks, we also have a very high coyote population. As I recall, it was the next morning when my brother was feeding the cows hay that he saw a canine, as he described it it was 60-70 pounds and greyish in color, he also said it looked like a wolf. In the past six years I have seen 2 mountain lions within a quarter of a mile of where the calf disappeared, my uncle has seen what he believes were wolves within 30 miled of the scene. I would appreciate any thoughts or idea's.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from otdorjunky wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

honey badger versus chuck norris.....
the battle of the century who would win?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from fishman417 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Bigfoot and yeti
or
wolf and wolvorine
who do you think would win

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bushwackers wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I have an 8lb siamese cat that rules my property..a lone wolfe would have no chance against a mountain lion.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jr9893 wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Wolverine vs. Wolverine

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bushwackers wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

duh..Chuck

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from bounty1 wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Yah, Chuck would win...... he'd win the race to the other end of the county get'n his a$$ out'a there. Honey badgers kill cobras like they're fly's. First let's see Mr. Norris catch and kill a cobra with his teeth before he takes on the champ.

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

BaboosicBomb a democrat is a communist

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from BaboosicBomb wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Democrat vs communist

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