Photo Gallery: Mountain Lion Attacks Bull Elk

Brad Grein took these photos on February 18, near Highway 191, not far from his home town in West Yellowstone, MT. Grein was driving down the road when he noticed a six-point bull elk belly-deep and stuggling in the snow. When Grein stopped to observe, the elk stood up, and Grein noticed something hanging from its neck. It was a cougar attempting to suffocate the elk with a choke-hold on its trachea. Grein watched, and took pictures, as the two animals struggled. After about five minutes the cat finally gave up. That's when it looked at Grein and began to approach him. Fortunately, Grein knew how to discourage the lion's interest -- he lifted his hands in the air to make himself look larger and yelled loudly at the animal. After a brief hesitation the cat retreated into the hills, and the encounter was over. The bull headed south, apparently uninjured. Grein reacted correctly to this situation, but would you know what to do if you ran into a mountain lion? Take our mountain lion IQ test to find out.Brad Grein
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