A mountain lion was killed just west of Cedaredge on Sunday after it had killed a colt, said Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials.
Wildlife officials believe this is the same lion that has been in this area for the past several months.
Until now, however, the lion had been feeding on its natural prey, primarily deer.
"When a lion is acting naturally we tend to leave it alone and try to inform and educate residents. Typically, the lion will move on after a few days as lions cover fairly large areas," said J. Wenum ,area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Gunnison. "But when a lion preys on livestock or becomes a public safety threat, we will take more definitive action."
The Cedaredge area holds a healthy population of deer so there will always be mountain lions in the area, Wenum explained. Consequently, residents of the area are reminded to be careful not to provide any attractants that could cause deer to move onto their properties. Take down bird feeders, secure pet and livestock food inside a building, fence gardens and harass deer that come near your house so they won't feel comfortable.
Residents should also keep pets and small livestock in fully covered pens or indoors, especially at night, dawn and dusk.
"Deer are the favorite prey of mountain lions, but they'll also go after smaller four-legged animals, including dogs and cats," Wenum said. "So don't feed wildlife, and care for pets and livestock in a manner that minimizes the opportunity for them to be viewed as prey by predators."
People seldom see cougars, and attacks on humans are exceedingly rare. But Parks and Wildlife officials urge residents to be cautious when taking walks in the evening near wooded or brushy areas, Wenum said. Avoid walking or running alone. Talk or sing so that wild animals hear noises to which they're not accustomed. A walking stick makes walking easier and can be used to scare a lion in the event of an encounter.
If you do see a mountain lion near your property, don't approach it, but make it feel uncomfortable. Yell at it, throw things at it and make loud noises. If you happen to find yourself close to a lion, don't run. Raise your arms above your head to make yourself look big, talk to it in a firm, loud voice and back away slowly.
To help wildlife officers monitor lion activity, please report any unusual activity by lions or any other wildlife to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Gunnison at 970-641-7063.
To learn more about co-existing with wildlife in Colorado, go the CPW web site at cpw.state.co.us.blog comments powered by Disqus