Lion Another Hazard for Bozeman Golfers

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN – Golfers at a western Montana golf course faced a hazard with real teeth — and claws — when a mountain lion decided to play through.

Golfers say they spotted the elusive predator while teeing off at Valley View Golf Club Friday morning in Bozeman.

Bozeman animal control officer Kathy Middleton says the lion was first sighted near Aspen Pointe senior living center before other callers later saw it at the golf course.

Joe Knarr with Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the agency has been receiving calls about lions all through the south of town. He says mountain lions sightings are common in the area, though there have been more reports this year than previous years.

Middleton says the lion spotted Friday most likely was just passing through.