Dog In Colorado Finds Mountain Lion Trapped Under Family’s Porch.
Dog Finds Mountain Lion Under the Family Deck.
A family’s dog found a mountain lion under the decking of their home in Boulder, Colorado on Sunday.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Boulder Police Department responded after a family alerted them to the big cat after their dog discovered it at around 7.30am local time on Sunday morning.
CPW and police found the mountain lion underneath the decking of the house in central Boulder. Images posted by the CPW to Twitter show the big cat wedged tightly underneath the decking, and officials rescuing the big cat.
The CPW said that the mountain lion was a male weighing around 120 pounds, which is slightly underweight for male mountain lions.
The CPW estimates there are between 3,000 and 7,000 mountain lions in Colorado. Much of the state is described as prime country for the animals.
Encounters between mountain lions and humans are rare with the animals preferring to avoid people where possible. Attacks are even less common. They were animal as they subdued it.
There have been a significant number of mountain lion sightings in Boulder recently. The CPW told KDVR this was the 18th report of a mountain lion in the city since January 15.
CPW wildlife officer Tyler Asnicar, who tranquilized the cat, told KDVR news: “They’ve been spotted a lot in north Boulder. This may or may not have been one of those cats, but increased winter activity is fairly typical as they follow their prey base down, and particularly the mule deer that move into lower elevations this time of year.
The cat’s concentration around the western edge of town and that leads to an increase in sightings and probably led to this cat being in town looking for something to eat.”
Mountain lions hunt a variety of prey including large mammals like deer and elk and smaller ones such as rodents.
The video below is of the Mountain Lion being released back into the wild.
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originally reported by Newsweek.