Dogs tree mountain lion at Glade Park home
By LE ROY STANDISH
A Glade Park resident encountered a mountain lion near his home Thursday morning.
The homeowner said he let his dogs into the back yard around 7 a.m. and they immediately started barking. The dogs treed the mountain lion. The homeowner called the Colorado Division of Wildlife for advice on what to do next.
“We advised the caller what they needed to do is bring the dogs inside,” said DOW spokesman Randy Hampton.
“It is pretty common.”
The lion did not leave the property, though.
“They brought the dogs in, but the lion was still kind of in the area,” Hampton said. “We used a bean bag round fired from a shotgun ... and immediately, with great haste, (the lion) left the area.”
The lion was seen about two miles west of the Glade Park Store, he said.
There are 3,000 to 8,000 mountain lions in the state, Hampton said. The encounters between man and beast are increasing as human populations continue to expand into mountain lion territory.
“A mountain lion is going to operate in a huge area. They will operate in hundreds of miles,” Hampton said. “If you leave wildlife alone and give it some space, hopefully it is going to leave you alone and return the favor.”
The DOW has two mountain lion studies under way. One is on the Uncompahgre Plateau and is focused on mountain lion reproductive habits. The other study is in the Boulder foothills, where scientists are collaring mountain lions and tracking them electronically to learn how they interact with the urban environment.