In an unusual uptick in predator-versus-predator conflicts in a small part of Montana, it appears mountain lions have the edge over wolves.
Two radio-collared wolves have been killed by mountain lions in the Bitterroot, Montana area since January. Two additional wolves that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks found last year are also believed to have been killed by cougars.
“They compete for the same resource,” MFWP wolf biologist Liz Bradley told the Billings Gazette. “When there is overlap in areas where you have lots of prey, conflicts occur.”
The MFWP was able to determine the wolf deaths as mountain lion kills due to large puncture wounds to the skulls of the wolves.