To reduce the risk of problems with mountain lions on or near your property, Colorado Parks & Wildlife suggests the following these simple precautions:
Make lots of noise if you come and go during the times mountain lions are most active: dusk to dawn.
Install outside lighting. Light areas where you walk so you could see a lion if one were present.
Closely supervise children whenever they play outdoors. Make sure children are inside before dusk and not outside before dawn. Talk with children about lions and teach them what to do if they meet one.
Landscape or remove vegetation to eliminate hiding places for lions, especially around children's play areas. Make it difficult for lions to approach unseen.
Planting non-native shrubs and plants that deer often prefer to eat encourages wildlife to come onto your property. Predators follow prey. Don't feed any wildlife!
Keep your pet under control. Roaming pets are easy prey and can attract lions. Bring pets in at night. If you leave your pet outside, keep it in a kennel with a secure top. Don't feed pets outside; this can attract raccoons and other animals that are eaten by lions. Store all garbage securely.
Place livestock in enclosed sheds or barns at night. Close doors to all outbuildings since inquisitive lions may go inside for a look.
Encourage your neighbors to follow these simple precautions. Prevention is far better than a possible lion confrontation.
Report a Lion
Report a mountain lion incident by contacting Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Steamboat office at 970-870-2197. After 5 p.m. or on the weekends, individuals can contact Routt County Communications’ non-emergency number at 970-879-1110.