Boise police are consulting Idaho Department of Fish and Game experts after a possible mountain lion sighting in Boise this morning.
What happened: A Boise Police bicycle officer caught a glimpse of the animal next to the river beyond 31st and Pleasanton in a fairly remote gravel area. The sighting reportedly took place at approximately 9:30 a.m. The animal quickly fled the area. Officers conducted an immediate search of the area, but did not locate the cat.
If you spot the mountain lion in the city call police immediately.
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.
Related releases from the Ada County Sheriff's Office Oct 4, 2012:
Boise, Oct. 4, 2012, 7:09 p.m. - After an extensive search along the Boise River, Eagle Police and Fish & Game officers were unable to locate a mountain lion this afternoon. After a caller reported hearing a mountain lion nearby, officers searched the area between the Hilton Garden Inn and Merrill Park in Eagle but did not find any sign of the animal.
Boise, Oct. 4, 2012 - 2:04 p.m. - A short time ago, a man called Ada County emergency dispatchers to report hearing a mountain lion along the Boise River near the Hilton Garden Inn in Eagle. The caller told dispatchers he believed the cat was on the south side of the river, moving east. Eagle Police have alerted Idaho Fish and Game officers. The deputies are searching the area but, so far, have not heard or seen any evidence of the mountain lion.
Idaho Fish and Game officers have asked us to let members of the community know what do to if they should spot a mountain lion:
DO NOT RUN.
STOP. Back away slowly if you can do so safely. Running may stimulate a mountain lion’s instinct to chase and attack. Face the mountain lion, stand upright and maintain eye contact.
DO NOT APPROACH A MOUNTAIN LION, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
STAY CALM. Talk to it in a calm, yet firm voice.
DO ALL YOU CAN TO APPEAR LARGER. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you’re wearing one. If you have small children with you, protect them by picking them up so they won’t panic and run.
Ada County Sheriff's Office
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