Arvada Police Animal Management Unit was dispatched to a mountain lion on December 29, 2008 sighted in the 6100 - 6300 blocks of Devinney and Coors Streets in western Arvada around 3:30 PM. Two neighbors spotted the mountain lion following a greenbelt in a northwesterly direction.
“It is common to see mountain lions looking for small mammals and deer in greenbelts this time of year,” stated Animal Management Officer Susan Harris who responded to the area.
Animal Management did not locate the mountain lion; Division of Wildlife was notified.
Watching out for wildlife
In Colorado, mountain lions are most abundant in foothills, canyons or mesa country. They are more at home in brushy areas and woodlands.
Citizens are reminded to stay calm when coming upon a lion. Talk calmly yet firmly to it. Move slowly. Stop or back away slowly. Do not run. Raise you arms to appear larger.
If the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back. Fight back if a lion attacks you. Lions have been driven away by prey that fights back.
Human encounters with mountain lions have increased in recent years, as human settlement has encroached on lion habitat. Division of Wildlife’s booklet, Living with Wildlife in Lion Country is a valuable resource with important safety information.
More information on mountain lions can be found at www.wildlife.state.co.us. Click on wildlife species and select mountain lion.
Arvada Animal Management can be reached at 720-898-6900 to report additional sightings.
Animal Management also reminds citizens not to feed any wildlife and keep pets leashed when walking greenbelts.