MISSOULA, Mont. — A mountain lion has killed eight goats on a Montana ranch in three separate attacks this month.

Three were killed this past weekend at the ranch northwest of Missoula.

Rancher Eugene Gisselbeck tells the Missoulian (http://bit.ly/2uyP8QN ) that he’s lost a yearling goat and seven newborn goats. The Gisselbeck’s have been raising goats since 1968 and have lost goats to lions before.

The latest killings occurred despite a large trap being set up last week by a U.S. Department of Agriculture trapper.

Jamie Jonkel of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says Missoula and its outlying areas have about 25 mountain lions at any given time.


This story has been corrected to eight goats killed instead to seven.


Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com