Missoulian: Wolf Traps Snag Mountain Lion, Ranger


Montana wildlife officials report two trappings near Glacier National Park this week: one mountain lion and one National Park Service ranger.

This morning's Missoulian reports that the warden discovered a mountain lion caught in a wolf foothold trap set on the southwestern boundary of Glacier. The animal was set loose, but the the same NPS employee was caught by a second trap in the area the following day.

The wildlife specialist issued a trapping violation to the a Montana resident, alleging the trapper exceeded the amount of exposed bait permitted as an attractant. The ranger returned to the area the following day and, while showing someone where the previous incident had occurred, sprang another trap. Officials said the ranger was wearing waders and wasn't injured.

The Missoulian reports that Montana trappers have killed 67 wolves during the current hunting season, exceeding the number killed last year.