Aggressive Mountain Lion in Glacier National Park

By Beacon Staff

WEST GLACIER – Glacier National Park officials are warning visitors that a mountain lion in the Upper McDonald Creek Valley area has been displaying aggressive behavior.

Rangers are patrolling the trails and warned visitors Wednesday to be on the alert for mountain lions and report all sightings to the closest National Park Service facility.

On June 23, a woman and her niece were confronted by an adult mountain lion on the Sperry Trail. The lion was crouched adjacent to the trail with its ears back. The visitors spoke firmly to the lion and it eventually left.

On Sunday, a large hiking group encountered a mountain lion less than five feet from the Upper McDonald Creek Trail.

In the case of a confrontation with a mountain lion, rangers recommend acting aggressively, not crouching or running away.