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Montana girl uninjured after mountain lion swipes at leg

Carie Birkmeier

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BUTTE (AP) – Wildlife officials say a mountain lion took a swipe at a 6-year-old girl in Montana, but the child was not hurt.

The Montana Standard reports that two girls and a boy were playing in a backyard near Dillon on Feb. 17 when the mountain lion took a swipe at one girl’s leg. Fish, Wildlife and Parks Captain Adam Pankratz says the big cat left a small red mark on the child’s leg.

The girl’s father found the mountain lion hiding in a shed and killed it.

Melissa Hanson, the girl’s mother, says the lion looked like it was starving and it had porcupine quills all over its face and body. FWP sent the animal to a veterinarian for a necropsy to determine if it was sick.

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