Visitors to the Lake McDonald area of Glacier National Park are being warned to watch out for an aggressive mountain lion.
Last week a woman and her niece were confronted by an adult mountain lion on the Sperry Trail near Lake McDonald Lodge, a park release said.
The lion, dark in color, "was crouched adjacent to the trail with its ears back when the visitors saw the lion. The visitors spoke firmly to the lion and eventually the lion left the area," the release said.
"On Sunday June 26, rangers received another report of a very large hiking group that encountered a mountain lion with a similar description on the Upper McDonald Creek Trail, between the North McDonald Road and the horse bridge across Upper McDonald Creek. The lion was spotted less than five feet off the trail and did not show any signs of being frightened by people."
Park rangers are patrolling these trails and have been asking visitors to report all sightings immediately to the closest park facility or ranger. Visitors are also reminded that unlike bears, if a mountain lion attack seems imminent, act aggressively, do not crouch or run away. Park officials also are advising that hikers move in groups and not go out solo.
For more information on mountain lions in Glacier, check out this page.