ANACONDA -- Hunters legally harvested a 100-pound male mountain lion on Friday in English Gulch, several miles northwest of Anaconda.
Joe Kambic, game warden with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said Tuesday that he had received at least one report on this same animal before the hunter took it on Forest Service land.
If a mountain lion settles too close to town, FWP has to remove the animal for public safety, Kambic said. The department has a zero tolerance policy toward the predators if they become acclimated to being around people.
"It was getting to that point where I was probably going to have to take care of it myself," Kambic said. "This time, it worked out great."
It is not unusual for mountain lions to be spotted around the area, though English Gulch is a little close to city limits, Kambic said. He considers each animal on a case-to-case basis.
Kambic had to put down a mountain lion last year in Washoe Park.
"Unfortunately, Anaconda is right in the corridor where wildlife is going to be," he said. "There's obvious lion habitat. We just don't want them to make home here (in town)."