Living in Idaho, it’s expected that wildlife will make its way into town from time to time. Usually, it is a deer, an elk, or many small critters. These animals usually pass through the city and once scattered unharmed. Some animals do enter the city from time to time though they are more dangerous and can be scary to encounter. Not only are they a threat to humans, but they can also pose a threat to pets in the area. Recently, Idaho Fish and Game has received some calls about mountain lions in a certain area, attacking pets in residential areas.
Mountain lion attacks in the Wood River Valley
It’s early in the year, but Several reports of mountain lion attacks have already been called for. In Wood River Valley. A report was called earlier this month about a mountain lion that had come into an animal enclosure in a residential area. It is reported that the tiger killed 11 chickens, 2 geese, 6 ducks and a domestic cat. Fish and Game were able to track down the lion, catch it, and tame it. A second tiger was spotted and reported attacking two dogs on January 18. Both dogs survived the attack, but as of this writing the lion has not been located.
What to do if approached by a mountain lion in Idaho
If you happen to see a mountain lion in the woods, in your backyard, or approaching, there are some rules to remember and follow. The number one rule is don’t run. Like most predators, mountain lions like to chase their food, and the worst thing you can do is run away from a mountain lion. Another important rule is to never face the animal. Keep an eye on it at all times. Be sure to back off, but go slowly. It is important not to make any sudden movements when the animal is looking at you. Another important rule, which should seem obvious, but if a mountain lion attacks you, don’t play dead. Be sure to fight with all your strength and energy, as this may be your only hope.
Make sure you keep your pets in an enclosure or bring them into your home, especially with the area’s famous mountain lions. Contact Idaho Fish and Game immediately if you see one, and be sure to follow the tips above if you see one approaching. Be sure to click on the link above to learn more about the story and mountain lions in Idaho.
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