Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Cougar in Neighborhood

Cougar in Neighborhood

Boise, August 23, 2006.  Boise Police Officers responded to a report of a mountain lion in the back yard of a residence in 19000 block of Mortimer Ct at approximately 6:45 p.m.  This is the second sighting of a mountain lion in this area in recent days.  The mountain lion was positioned under a bush about 10'-15' behind the back door of the home owner.  There are several homes in the area, and safety to children was a primary consideration in determining what to do about the animal.  

After consultation with Idaho Fish and Game, it was determined that the animal should be removed or put down.  Due to the time of day, and the length of time needed for Fish and Game officers to respond, it was determined that officers on scene needed to take care of the situation.  The animal had been in a backyard of another homeowner earlier in the evening, and had been chased away by dogs.  The animal was put down without incident just prior to 8:30 p.m., and there were no injuries to other animals or people in the area.  It was a necessary duty of the officers for the safety of the neighborhood, and the animal was removed by Idaho Fish and Game Officers.

Release prepared by Lt. Eugene Smith