Three Mountain Lions Walk Through Yard in Steamboat Springs [VIDEO]
If you live in the Rocky Mountains you may expect to see a mountain lion at some point, but how about three of them - Walking through your yard? That happened to a family in Steamboat Springs. The video above comes from CBS4 in Denver.
Conflicts between humans and cougars are rare. The most common problems occur when they prey on pets or farm animals.
How to avoid interactions with mountain lions:
- Hiking: Hike with a partner, carry a pole or stick, and make some noise as you're moving along. When hiking with children keep them close. Because lions are most active at night, be most cautious when hiking at dawn and dusk.
- Children: Tell children to play close to the house, especially at dusk; tell them to go indoors if they see a mountain lion; tell them to make themselves look big and to yell at the lion.
- Around the house: Clear brush away from buildings and the yard to eliminate hiding places; install motion detectors for night lighting. Do not provide food for any wildlife―even a bird-feeder can attract deer and raccoons, which, in turn, can attract cougars.
- Pets: If pets are outside unattended, they should be kept in an enclosed pen; pets should be brought indoors at dusk; don't allow pets to roam free—they might become prey or they could chase and injure wildlife.
What to do If you see a cougar:
- Don't run because that action can trigger a lion's predator response.
- Raise your arms over your head and make yourself look big, then back away slowly.
- Talk to it firmly in a loud voice.
- If possible throw a stick or rock at the animal.
- If you see a mountain lion in your area and you’re concerned, please call the closest Colorado Parks and Wildlife office.