Mountain Lions Versus Black Bears
F96, nicknamed Frostbite because of the loss of parts of her ears and the tip of her tail during the winter of 2012-13, is a young female mountain lion followed as part of Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project. She dispersed from her mother’s home range in May of this year, when she was 20 months old. As snow drifts melted last Spring, she launched south into unknown territory. F96 successfully killed her first deer just 75 meters from a trail frequented by joggers and mountain bikers, and peacefully consumed it while concealed by tall sagebrush sufficient to hide her comings and goings.
But April showers and May flowers brought forth more than herbaceous growth—both grizzly and black bears emerged from winter slumbers in April of this year. Typically, the large male bears emerge first, followed by subadults, and then finally females with newborn cubs. Spring bears are hungry, some of which have lost near a third of their weight while in hibernation. Thus, Spring and early Summer foods—like animal carcasses—are —> Read More Here