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Idaho Fish and Game

Living with Mountain Lions brochure

Cougar in Boise is a reminder we all live near wildlife


Brochure helps people understand what to do when they encounter a mountain lion

A Boise police officer recently responded to a call after a resident reported seeing a mountain lion in the Table Rock area.  There have been no other recent reports of cat activity in the area, however, it serves as a reminder that no matter where you live in Idaho, you're probably close to wildlife and may encounter animals, even in urban or suburban areas. 

Most wildlife encounters, including those with mountain lions, are brief and non threatening, but  Fish and Game provides tips for people to help them understand more about these cats,  what do if they see one, and how they can avoid attracting mountain lions to their homes and property. 

Living with mountain lions
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Mountain lions typically have large home ranges between 50 and 250 miles, so they're typically moving throughout their ranges and rarely in one place for long periods. 

Here's an encounter a Fish and Game conservation officer had with a mountain lion last fall: