Boise Police officer latest to spot mountain lion

Boise Police officer latest to spot mountain lion »Play Video

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Another day, another mountain lion sighting in the Treasure Valley.

On Friday, Boise PD says one of its patrol officers on a bicycle spotted the animal near 31st and Pleasanton in a remote gravel area at about 9:30 a.m.

There have been several reports of mountain lion spottings over the last couple of days.

At about 2 p.m. Thursday, the Ada County Sheriff's Office says a man reportedly spotted a cougar near the Hilton Inn in Eagle. Officers were searching the Merrill Park area, however, were unable to find the elusive cat. It's believed to maybe traveling toward Star.

Earlier in the day, Garden City PD said officers were looking for the cat after a second sighting near Veterans Memorial Parkway just before 7:30 a.m. Officials have been unable to track it down.

The first sightining came when the Ada County Sheriff's Office says the cougar was spotted in Garden City at about 10 a.m. Tuesday near Expo Idaho. Deputies searched the area, however, they were unable to find the cat.

Idaho Fish and Game says it's no surprise that more and more large game animal sightings have been occurring in the Treasure Valley.

"The mountains are so dry, and a lot of their prey have moved down into the valley," said Bill London, district conservation officer. "We're seeing it more than normal."

London says Idaho Fish and Game receives about 10-12 reports of mountain lions in the valley a year.

Back in May, authorities shot and killed a cougar near the Boise State campus along the Boise River. Last month, an adult brown bear was hanging out in the Avimore neighborhood before it was later taken deeper in the woods.

London said he encourages residents to immediately call Idaho Fish and Game if they see dangerous animals. If it's after hours, call your local law enforcement.

Fish and Game also has shared tips if you do encounter a 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.