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Story man captures great shot of mountain lion

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It's not easy getting a great photo of a wild mountain lion in Sheridan County.

"The only predictable part about a mountain lion is that they're unpredictable.  You never know when you're going to see one," said Mark Steingass of Story.

"It's very rare to get reports of mountain lions," said Wyoming Game and Fish PR Specialist Warren Mischke.

Steingass says he found tracks of a lion dragging a deer Thursday morning and he was able to determine a good place to setup a trail camera with help from his neighbor, Terry Bolig.

"I noticed some drag tracks in the snow and followed those drag marks.  Had an idea that he was going to drag that deer down in the brush," said Steingass.

Steingass says he's taken pictures of a mountain lion before, but he never got this good of a shot.

"Generally, most pictures of mountain lions, if you're lucky to get one, are taken at a distance with the lion walking away or running away," said Steingass.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will work with Steingass to locate the lion and decide on the necessary action.

"Each individual case of a sighting of a mountain lion is handled differently.  It depends on the action of the lion itself.  Many times the lion may be able to be trapped and moved.  Other times, the lion has to be killed.  We don't compromise human safety," said Mischke.

This lion has not attacked anyone, so officials will likely just relocate it to an area more isolated from people.

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