Cougar discovered on porch of Boulder home


The CPW said that since January 15, 18 cases of mountain lions have been reported in the city of Boulder. They also said that several pets had been taken by lions.

BOULDER, Colo. – Wildlife officers removed and relocated a mountain lion found on a porch in Boulder on Sunday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said.

CPW said the puma was on the porch of a house in the 23rd Street and Panorama Avenue area. The owners found it around 7:30 a.m. when their dog alerted them to something on the porch, which is only about a foot off the ground.

The owner thought it might be a raccoon, which they often find in the area. When they came out with a flashlight and noticed the mountain lion, they called the authorities.

Wildlife officers tranquilized the mountain lion and removed it from the porch just before 10 a.m. They released him in a remote area of ​​southwest Larimer County at 1 p.m., CPW said.

CPW said the puma was a sub-adult. He appeared to be in good physical health and weighed around 115 to 120 pounds.

CPW said because the lion was in a confined space that allowed it to be safely tranquilized, wildlife officers decided to move it out of the area.

“One of the factors we look at is location when we get cats coming into town,” Tyler Asnicar, CPW wildlife manager, said in a statement. “This one was quite far east in Boulder in a populated area and it’s not a good situation to have a big predator like that near so many people. It is better for people and the cat to try to move it. Relocation was our best approach in this case.

CPW said since Jan. 15, there have been a total of 18 reports of mountain lions in the city of Boulder. They also said that several pets had been taken by sub-adult lions.

“Before that in the last couple of weeks there were several pets taken to town by a sub-adult lion, probably siblings in town,” Asnicar said. “They’ve been spotted a lot in North Boulder. It may or may not be one of those cats, but the increase in winter activity is quite typical as they follow their prey base, and in particular the mule deer which moves to lower elevations at this time of year. the year. The concentration of cats around the western outskirts of town resulting in increased sightings and likely led to this cat being in town looking for something to eat.

The CPW said anyone who sees a mountain lion in Boulder should report it. They said timely reports are important, especially if it’s an active, unspotted sighting on a security or trail camera from previous days.

Reports can be made to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Denver at 303-291-7227 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or to the Colorado State Patrol at 303-239-4501 after hours.

People can learn more about living with cougars and other wildlife by visiting the Living with Wildlife section of the CPW website.

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