Puma, cougar, mountain lion…whatever you call it, the biggest of the small cats is a challenging and crafty prey and is not easily taken. Numbers are strong and growing, especially in the Western states with reports of human and mountain lion contact on a regular basis. Summer droughts often bring these big cats down from the mountains to residential areas in search of water or following their usual prey. These are some of the top ten mountain lions as currently registered in the SCI Record Book.
#1 Dennis Hirschfeld holds the number 1 spot with this 16 1/16″ lion taken in Carrot Creek, Alberta with Buck Creek Guide Service in 2013.
#9C Belongs to Randy Klingenmeyer who took this lion with the help of Chris Kelley in Park County, Montana. It measures 15 8/16″
#7C Richie & Son Outdoors guided hunter Alan Heth to this 15 10/16″ lion in the Bitterroot Wilderness Area in Idaho in 1990.
#9A Robert Michael Ortiz took this lion on a self-guided hunt in Mora County, New Mexico in 2002. The skull measurement was 15 8/16″
#8B John M. Rawlings ties the number 8 spot with this moutain lion taken in 1990 on the Olympic Pennisula, Washington with the help of Clallam River Guide Service. The skull measured 15 9/16″.
#10B Jesse Dutchik scored this lion in Kangienos, Alberta with Redstone Trophy Hunts in 1999. Measurement was 15 7/16″.
#7A Robert D. Parker holds one of the #7 spots with this lion taken in 1994 near San Miguel, Colorado with the help of Van Johnson. The skull measured 15 10/16″.
#6 Belongs to Robert Grant. This 15 11/16″ lion was taken in Allison Creek Idaho in 2007 with Ace Outfitters guiding.
#8A Bradley Lassila bagged this beauty with the help of Clarkfork Outfitters in Bonner County Idaho. It measured 15 9/16″.
#9B In 1998 A. Paul Kroshko teamed with Colon Nelson to take this lion in South Alberta. The skull measured 15 8/16″
#10 Jason Ingersoll took this mountain lion near Dulce, New Mexico with Talamante Outfitting in 2009. Skull measurement was 15 7/16″.
#5 Stephen R. Leone took this lion in 2010 in the White Mountains, Arizona with the help of K.B. Outfitters. The skull measures 15 12/16″.
#3 Alejandro Vidaurreta scored this 15 15/16″ beauty with Eureka Peak Outfitters near Canim Lake, BC in 1992.
#7B Marty Loring scored this 15 10/16″ lion in Big Lake, BC with Paws N Claws in 2010.