Mountain lion killed after killing cattle in central Idaho

Blaine County, Idaho Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) said there has been an increase in mountain lion activity in the Wood River Valley in the past few weeks. The department said that fatal and non-fatal animal attacks have been witnessed in densely populated areas and cities.

According to the IDFG, dogs were attacked in East Fork and a cat, 2 geese, 11 chickens and 6 ducks were killed in Hailey. The first attack took place on Sunday, January 12 in Hailey, when a female mountain lion went after the animals. He was euthanized by the IDFG on January 14 after being found in an “animal enclosure”. The second was in East Fork on Monday, Jan. 22, and the owner was able to rescue the dogs.

IDFG is reminding people to ensure that all barns, sheds and animal enclosures are secured.

IDFG tips for personal and pet safety around mountain lions:

Never run from a mountain lion. A lion’s instinct is to chase and eventually capture what it perceives as potential prey.

Never turn your back on a tiger. Always face them while making yourself as big as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream can mimic the sound of an injured animal.

Back away slowly while maintaining eye contact with the lion.

When walking or hiking, safety equipment to carry might include a can of bear spray, a noisy device like an air horn, and a very bright flashlight if you walk in the dark.

If you are attacked, fight back!

Residents should check around their homes or apartments for places where a tiger might find a place to hide or make a day bed. Areas below the deck should be blocked off so that tigers cannot access the area during daylight hours.

People should report mountain lion attacks to law enforcement at the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

People can also visit the Wood River Valley Wildlife Smart Communities Coalition website at wrvwildlifesmart.org.

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