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Mountain Lion Spotted in East Boise Neighborhood

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ART G., CC BY 2.0
Boise Police and Idaho Fish and Game are in investigating a report of a mountain lion early Thursday in an East Boise neighborhood. Officers were summoned to the 3700 block of Sweet Pea Court shortly after 7 a.m. That's where a witness told police that saw a mountain lion walk through her property and continue east int he direction of S. Adonis Way. No pets have been reported missing or injured in the vicinity and police said reports indicate that the mountain lion did not act aggressively.

IDFG reminds citizens not to leave small children or pets outside unattended. Additionally:
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • Provide sturdy, covered shelters for sheep, goats, and other vulnerable animals.
  • Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.
  • Don’t allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums and other potential mountain lion prey.
  • It is safer to hike, bike, or jog in groups.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active – dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • Keep a close watch on small children.
  • Do not approach a mountain lion.
Officials said if you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children. And if a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.