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February 6, 2013
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Mountain lion sightings prompt safety reminder

When the accompanying photo, taken in the old-town area of Gypsum, was submitted to the Eagle Valley Enterprise this week, we unearthed this story from January of last year to remind readers about mountain lion safety.

Some recent mountain lion sightings in the area have prompted wildlife managers from the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife to issue some safety reminders.

Craig Wescoatt, Eagle District manager for the CPW, said he receives periodic reports of lion sightings in and around the Eagle area.

Wescoatt noted that mountain lions like to prey on deer, so when deer find their way to town, the lions follow.

"Mountain lions are most active at dusk and dawn. People need to take a few extra precautions with their dogs and pets ... but there is a very low likelihood of encountering a lion," Wescoatt said.

Wildlife experts offer the following safety tips for people who live in mountain lion habitat:

• Be aware of your surroundings.

• Landscape for safety. Remove plants that attract wildlife.

• Don't feed wildlife. Don't leave pet food outside.

• Keep pets secure. Roaming pets are easy prey for lions.

• Don't approach a lion. Most want to avoid humans.

• Supervise children.

• Never run from a lion - that could trigger their instinct to chase. Make eye contact. Stand tall, make yourself appear larger.

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The VailDaily Updated Feb 6, 2013 01:37PM Published Feb 6, 2013 01:35PM Copyright 2013 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.