Increased Mountain Lion Activity Reported in Boulder – Tips on How to Stay Safe
In the last few weeks, there have been a lot of mountain lion sightings in and near Boulder. This was the most recent sighting. It was reported on February 27th near 23rd Street and Panorama Avenue, in Boulder, Colorado. Parks and Wildlife (CPW) says wildlife officers found a mountain lion under a porch in Boulder. They moved and took away the animal.
People at the house near 23rd Street and Panorama Avenue said that the mountain lion was under the porch. In the morning, their dog told them there was something under their porch, which is only a few inches above the ground.
photo credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife
With these recent sightings of mountain lions going up in Boulder, it’s important to understand what to do if you run into a mountain lion or a bear in the wild or even within city limits!
It’s important to stay calm if you encounter a bear and to provide less opportunities for bears to want to wander into human territory.
- NEVER RUN. Running can make a bear chase you.
- Keep your distance. Back slowly away facing the bear. Avoid direct eye contact.
- Slowly and calmly leave the area. Talk aloud so the bear will become aware of you.
- Be extra careful around a female with cubs. Never approach a cub.
- Never throw food to distract a bear. This teaches a bear to approach people for food.
- Fight back if attacked. Black bears have been driven away when people fight with rocks, sticks, binoculars, or even bare hands.
- Don’t litter. Please dispose of all litter in bear-proof trash cans when you are in bear habitat. Remove it from the area if trash cans are full. Your consideration could save a bear’s life!
- Report Sightings – follow the link under Black Bears and Mountain Lions or call 303-441-3440. This helps us keep both you and the bear safe. Call 911 if it’s an emergency.
If you encounter a mountain lion, be sure to let them know that you are not their usual target, and they are likely to leave you alone. As always, report if you see a mountain lion or bear.
When venturing into mountain lion habitat, go in groups and make plenty of noise in an effort to reduce your chances of surprising a lion. Make sure children are close to and under the supervision of adults. Teach children about mountain lions and what to do if they see one.
- Do not approach lions. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give the lion a way to escape.
- Stay calm if you come upon a lion. Talk to it in a firm voice in an effort to demonstrate that you are human and not its regular prey.
- Back away slowly. Running may stimulate a lion’s instinct to chase and attack.
- Face the lion and make an effort to appear as large as possible. Open your jacket or lift objects to appear like a more formidable opponent. Pick up your children.
- If the lion behaves aggressively, throw rocks, sticks or whatever you can pick up, without turning your back to the lion or bending down.