It was a cougar conga line, the tracks of six mountain lions in the snow all following the same path until a juniper tree blocked the route. Then the six cats split and went around the tree in separate paths, leaving distinct individual paw prints.
Grover Hedrick was climbing up a pine tree to reach a tranquilized mountain lion when he found out the cougar wasn’t quite sedated yet.
Wildlife biologist Doug Powell collects mountain lion hair snagged on a barbed-wire fence in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. In the background is houndsman Grover Hedrick. The hair can be analyzed to find out how the lions are related to others in the area.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service mountain lion researcher Doug Powell talks about the family of lions that they are tracking in the Charles M. Russel National Wildlife Refuge.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour, www.flyfishingfilmtour.com, is making its fourth annual winter run through the country, bringing the pulse of rivers, saltwater flats and heart-thumping music to the Petro Theatre on the Montana State University Billings campus.