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Mountain Lion Cubs Rescued in Montana Fire

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Firefighters in western Montana rescued two mountain lion cubs hiding under a burning log.

Bitterroot National Forest spokesman Tod McKay told the Missoulian that a crew fighting a blaze in the Sapphire Mountains was digging a fire line Friday when they heard noises coming from under the log.

The fire prevented the crew from reaching the log, so they called in a helicopter that dropped 600 gallons of water.

McKay says the soaked cubs came out when the flames were extinguished. He estimated they were just a few weeks old.

McKay says Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks took custody of the cubs. Crews did not see any other mountain lions in the area of the 48-acre fire they are battling about 9 miles east of Florence.

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