Mountain lion, other animals caught in wolf traps

RAVALLI COUNTY

Associated Press
POSTED: 8:34 AM Dec 26 2012   UPDATED: 4:16 PM Dec 26 2012
Wolves Of The Rockies
HAMILTON, Mont. -

Montana wildlife officials say two mountain lions, a coyote and a bobcat were captured in wolf traps in the first week of the state's inaugural trapping season.

Another mountain lion was caught in a furbearer trap.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife management section supervisor George Pauley says that is to be expected even though trappers are taught how to prevent capturing other animals.

Trappers must notify wildlife officials when they capture animals other than wolves and must release them. In the case of a trapped mountain lion, the trapper is encouraged to contact FWP for help in turning the animal loose.

Thirteen wolves have been trapped statewide as of Wednesday and 100 have been killed by hunters.