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Mountain Lion Killed After Fight With GNP Employee's Dog

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A Glacier National Park ranger shot and killed a mountain lion this weekend as it fought with a park employee's dog.

The dog took a beating, but expected to fully recover,  after tangling with the big cat late Saturday afternoon.

According to park spokeswoman Denise Germann, the fight unfolded in West Glacier's employee housing area.

A worker opened her car door and both her dogs unexpectedly bolted from the vehicle.

Germann says one of them got into a ferocious fight with the mountain lion.

A park ranger arrived and shot the cat to death after it pinned the dog to the ground.

The lion’s body will be examined to determine age and health.

Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.
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