June 04, 2013
Mountain Lion Seen Fishing in Montana
By Ben Romans
A surveillance camera overlooking a tributary of the Blackfoot River outside Seeley Lake, Montana recently captured an unusual angler—a mountain lion—plying a stream for trout.
In an article from the Missoulian, Jamie Jonkel, the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear manager, says he was using surveillance cameras to monitor a specific Blackfoot River tributary where he knew rainbow trout spawned. He says he wanted to see if bears in the area were using it as a food source—which they were—but this was the first time he’d seen a cat feeding on fish.
“I’ve never heard of a mountain lion fishing,” Jonkel said. “There are fishing cats in South America—they will dive in and grab fish out of the water. And it may be pretty common in places like Alaska and Vancouver. But I did a quick search, and couldn’t find anything on mountain lions fishing around here. This may be the only time in Montana that I know of where it’s been documented.”