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Mountain lion spotted near Florence Park

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Of the early January killing of mountain lions, Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden John Lesofski said, 'In my 20 plus years as a game warden, this is the first time I have ever dealt with someone shooting a group of lions.'

FLORENCE – Florence-Carlton Schools sent out a telephonic warning to parents Thursday following a sighting of a mountain lion near Florence Park Wednesday night.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Vivaca Crowser said a community member spotted the mountain lion and reported it.

FWP wildlife technician Bob Wiesner brought his hound dogs to Florence, but was not able to pick up any scent trail of the animal.

“It may or may not have been a lion,” Crowser said Friday.

If anyone in the area sees the animal again, Crowser said they should give Wiesner a call as soon as possible. His number is 240-3296.

If children or adults spot a mountain lion, Crowser said they should give it plenty of space and not move quickly. Usually, she said a mountain lion will leave.

If a child encounters a lion, they should do whatever they can to make themselves appear larger, including holding their backpacks above their heads.

In the rare case a mountain lion does attack, Crowser said it’s important to fight back.

Reporter Perry Backus can be reached at pbackus@ravallirepublic.com.

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