Wild Life Caution – Mountain Lion Spotted at KLT Pine Street Woods
A message from KLT:
|There is an elephant in the room.
Actually, it’s a cat – a big one. Last week, a mountain lion decided to stop at Pine Street Woods to grab some lunch. Hikers saw the half-eaten meal on the Owl Trail and reported it on Sunday. While our Land Manager moved the unsightly spread from the trail, he spotted the animal who watched on as his plate was seemingly being cleared before he was finished.
The gracious lion patiently waited until the human was gone before returning to his meal and picking it clean by the week’s end. Monitoring the site with a game camera, KLT staff closed the portion of the park where the animal had been spotted, and then reopened those trails when the cougar had not been spotted for at least 36 hours.
This recent experience reminds us that nature is wild. Despite being a popular recreation site that is located close to downtown, Pine Street Woods is home to wildlife, including large predators. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when sharing space with wildlife on KLT’s public access properties (or anywhere):
- Timing: mid-day is the best time to avoid wildlife encounters.
- Group up: recreating in pairs or groups deters animals from approaching.
- Be known: make noise to eliminate the element of surprise.
- If you observe a large predator, please notify us immediately (208)263-9471. Call 911 in an emergency.
- Most predators don’t want anything to do with us. Respect their space and they’ll most likely respect yours.