Colorado Parks and Wildlife were called earlier today because of a report of a mountain lion sitting in a tree in a neighborhood backyard. Because the cat was not exhibiting any abnormal behavior or aggression officials decided to let it come down from the tree on its own and return to the wild — after its cat nap.

Officials think it’s likely the animals was pursuing something such as a racoon or a skunk and ended up in human territory to take a nap and did not pose a threat to the community.

It’s common to see mountain lions during early spring and late winter, even in human territory. Officials think it is unlikely that the stay-at-home order is contributing to wildlife sightings yet as animals are slow to adapt to human behavior.

If you do see a mountain lion, officials say to scare away the animal by making yourself larger, making loud noises, or honking a horn. Boulder residents should also keep a close eye on pets during dusk and dawn as this is when mountain lions often hunt.

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee is the managing editor for AboutBoulder, OnDenver, and a key member of the OnMetro team, launching this platform in cities across the United States.