11/30/2010

Mountain Lions in your back yard

This morning there was a news story about a woman in Golden who went to the door looking for her cat, and instead found 2 mountain lion cubs and their mother in her back yard. (Pictures and the full story can be found at 9news.com)

Mountain lion sightings become more frequent in the winter, as deer move into lower territory looking for land to graze, the lions follow -- deer are their main source of food.

If you encounter a mountain lion, here are the tips from the Colorado Division of Wildlife:

  • Stay calm, and talk calmly and firmly to it.
  • Back away slowly.
  • Do all you can to appear larger-- by raising your arms, or opening your jacket.
  • Fight back if you are attacked.
More details can be found in their brochure, "Living with Wildlife in Lion Country."
There is also a new mountain lion safety video out on the Division of Wildlife website.

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