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Trail camera captures mountain lion scaling high fence

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Mountain lions are the largest predator at Wind Cave National Park - and the hardest to see.   

That's why trail camera footage capturing a big cat is garnering so much attention.

The mini movie, which is made up of a collection of photos, shows an 80 to 90 pound female lion scaling a seven foot fence.  Chief of interpretation, Tom Farrell says the high fence is part of the park's elk management plan.  Biologists use trail cameras to monitor the movements of elk in and out of the park.  

The video already had more than 100,000 hits on Facebook by Thursday morning.

Here is a link to watch the video:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=665198963525892&set=vb.127899503922510&type=2&theater

There are more than lions at Wind Cave National Park.  Free tours will take place over Presidents Day weekend, February 15 to the 17.

"It's a nice opportunity to see a local attraction while getting out of the cold. It's 53 degrees year around in the cave," said Vidal Davila, park superintendent. "We recommend sturdy walking shoes and a light coat or sweater."

Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All tours begin at the visitor center located ½-mile off US Highway 385.

For more information, contact Wind Cave National Park at 605-745-4600.

 

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