Elk vs. Mountain Lions

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by shiredude, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. shiredude

    shiredude Writers Guild

    Aug 20, 2007
    I thought that with the recent posts on wolves doing their damage to the deer and elk herds out west that I would share this little story. Keep in mind that I recieved this info via 3rd party. I have no reason to dispute it as it all seems very real to me. The story is from a person near west yellowstone, MT. who was driving along highway 191 just north of 'covered wagon ranch' when he saw this action taking place.

    I have some buddies out in New Mexico who are always griping about the lions making an impact on their deer population and thought I would get some thoughts on this from everybody out west.

    Like I said, I have no relationship with this man, but they look very real to me.



    The story says that the elk got away after about a five minute struggle, ???
  2. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    i just hope that elk got a few good kicks in. i'll bet his face is hamburger.

  3. philny1

    philny1 Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Received this e-mail this AM, supposedly writtn by the person who took the pics. I also received several more similiar pics.
    Elk have though hide, but no blood on the elk or snow.
    Have a hard time beleiving this one.

    I took these photos on Monday the 18th of Feb. at 12:30 PM at mm 34.5 on
    > Hiway 191 south of Big Sky along the Gallatin River. The six point bull
    > elk was belly deep in snow and struggling. I stopped to observe, and
    > when the elk stood up, I noticed something hanging from his neck. A
    > cougar was attempting a choke hold to suffocate the elk by collapsing
    > his trachea.
    > These photos are just a few of the pictures I took during this five
    > minute struggle. Finally the cat gave up on his choke hold and decided
    > to take a look at me. He took a couple steps toward me, and I put my
    > hands into the air and yelled loudly. He hesitated, looked back at the
    > elk that was now meandering south along the hiway, and then looked back
    > towards me. I raised my hands and yelled again, he finally retreated up
    > the hill, and the encounter was over.
    > The bull headed south apparently uninjured and feeling very lucky.
    > Bg
    > Brad Grein
    > PO Box 1289
    > West Yellowstone, MT. 59758
  4. dogdinger

    dogdinger Writers Guild

    Dec 1, 2007
    keep in mind......

    that when comparing wolf depredation to mtn lion that lions dont run in packs of 10 -20 animals and kill every critter they can run down.....lions do kill on average of one deer a week......then they stay with it until it is totally consumed....not just take a few bites then run on to the next victim....there is a reason why wolves were nearly exterminated in the 1800's.....reason being , if you want healthy game herds, you do not want healthy wolfpacks.......AJ
  5. Varminator 911

    Varminator 911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2007
    Sounds reasonable

    I've read stories about how couger are supposed to be able to take out a bull elk with one swipe. Always raised my BS alert flag to full mast. The story given sounds more like the truth to me. I don't think a couger would even try except in unusual circumstances. A cow maybe, a calf of course, but a healthy big bull; that's BS.