Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 08, 2011

UPDATE: Mountain Lion cornered by Officers near hospital, put down

09-08-11 UPDATE: Mountain Lion cornered by Officers near hospital, put down

    UPDATE: Boise, Sept. 8, 2011, 3:35 a.m. - Boise Police received a call from a security guard in the area of W. Emerald Street and Hartman Street approx. 3:15 a.m. The security guard reported the  mountain lion had been spotted again walking on the grounds of St Alphonsus hospital near the I-184 connector. 

    Boise Police officers, assisted by Ada County Sheriff's deputies were already nearby searching for the cat after previous reports. Officers were able to corner the mountain lion against a fence in a parking lot adjacent to the connector. Because of the immanent threat to public safety, the animal was shot by an Ada County Sheriff's Deputy. The deputy fired two shots at the animal from a distance of approx. 20 - 25 feet.

    Officers are still on scene waiting for a response by Fish & Game. Fish & Game will remove the animal from the parking lot. At this time officers have no confirmation on the sex, age or exact weight of the animal. The officers have not approached or disturbed the animal.  Details on the lion will be determined by wildlife experts at Fish & Game.

    Officers want to thank the security guards at the hospital and citizens in the area for being alert and calling 911 immediately after spotting the animal wandering the streets. Large predators like a mountain lion can be a serious serious threat to public safety in an urban environment.

    The Ada County Sheriff's Office issued the following release shortly after the above was issued by BPD:

    An Idaho Fish and Game conservation officer arrived a short time ago to pick up the mountain lion. The officer says it appeared to be a juvenile male cat with an estimated weight of 80 pounds. 

    The Ada County Sheriff's sergeant who shot the mountain lion spotted the animal crouched near some shrubbery along a fence near the connector. The animal appeared to be positioned, prepared to pounce.  In order to protect himself, the other officers and St. Al's security staff who were also on foot nearby, the sergeant fired two rounds from his duty weapon. The mountain lion died instantly.

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Officers consult Fish & Game experts after reports of mountain lion sightings

    UPDATE: Boise, Sept. 8, 2011, 3:00 a.m. - Boise Police are alerting the public to be aware after 3 citizens reported seeing a mountain lion on city streets in the area between N. Orchard St and N. Curtis Rd just south of W. Emerald St. The sightings were reported between midnight and 3:00 a.m. this morning.

    Officers are consulting Fish & Game as to a response, and are also out searching in the area following the reports.

    Officers want to remind citizens that a mountain lion in a populated area can be very dangerous and is a threat to public safety. Officers don't want to cause alarm but want citizens to be aware of the reports, be aware of their surroundings, and if a citizens sees a mountain lion to call 911 immediately, do not try to approach the animal and move into a secure area. Please refer to the safety tips posted below.

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Officers consult Fish & Game experts after reports of mountain lion sightings

    Boise, Sept. 6, 2011 - Boise Police are consulting wildlife experts at Idaho Fish & Game after reported mountain lion sightings in the city. The sightings have been within the past week and focused near the Boise River.

    ""Wildlife encounters are part of living in Idaho. But mountain lions are predators and pose a serious threat to public safety," said Capt. Pete Ritter of the Boise Police Patrol Division. "Although the sightings aren't confirmed, we take them seriously. We need to let people know to always be very aware of their surroundings, and because mountain lions are dangerous, to report any sightings immediately to 911."

    When reports come in, because of the potential threat to citizen safety, Boise Police officers will inform and consult Fish & Game managers, coordinate a response and officers will conduct an immediate area search to try and find the animal. So far, officers have not located any sign of a mountain lion following the recent reports. 

    Deer and other wildlife are known to live along the river. Although it's rare, wildlife experts say sometimes mountain lions will follow prey animals into the city. 

    Sightings reported to BPD:

    Monday, Sept. 5th, 2:00 a.m. - a citizen called to report seeing a "large lion" in Julia Davis Park headed southbound toward the river.  Officers searched the park but were unable to locate any sign of a mountain lion.

    Wednesday, Aug. 31st, also 2:00 a.m. - a citizen called in saying they saw a mountain lion near E. Boise Ave and E. Burgeson Street headed toward the river. Again, an immediate area search by officers failed to locate any sign of a mountain lion. 

    What to do:According to wildlife experts, wild animals generally try to avoid human contact. If you do see an animal in the wild:

  • Maintain your distance. Behavior of wild animals is unpredictable. Don't attempt to feed, catch or pet a wild animal.
  • Never try to approach wildlife babies or mothers with their babies; the mother's protective response can be very fierce.  
  • Report injured or aggressive animals to immediately authorities by calling 911; don't attempt to give aid to injured animals. If an injured animal approaches you, move away slowly.
  • As always, be aware of your surroundings and potential threats to personal safety, wildlife or otherwise.