Death Dive: Mountain Lion Chases Bighorn Sheep Off Cliff

These photos show the aftermath of a wild chase through Glacier National Park

I recently received this e-mail and photos from a friend in Montana. —Andrew McKean, Hunting Editor

“My brother was visiting a friend in Montana and touring through Glacier National Park. They were hiking up a closed road when they came upon this scene. It is evident that the mountain lion and bighorn sheep were fighting on the mountain and fell to their immediate death sometime during the struggle. Pay special attention to the mouth of the mountain lion—it still has sheep hide in its mouth!!!!”

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The bighorn and cougar, discovered where they fell.

A Lost Horn

The crash from the cliff was so forceful one of the ram's horns separated from the bone.

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The mountain lion has a mouthful of sheepskin to show for his trouble.

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Another shot of the fallen cat.

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Bones protruding from the ram's hind leg.

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The scene of the crime.

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Looking up at the cliff from where both animals tumbled.