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Domestic Dog Attacked by Mountain Lion

A domestic dog was injured during an apparent altercation with a mountain lion at a residence in Garden City's Meadowcreek subdivision Thursday evening, October 18.

Urban wildlife specialist Eric Hansen, with USDA Wildlife Services, responded to the dog attack report on Friday and confirmed the dog's wounds were caused by a mountain lion.

No one was home at the time of the attack. The lion entered the backyard by jumping a six-foot fence. Two other dogs in the yard were uninjured.

A number of mountain lion sightings have been reported during the past few weeks, all of them near the Boise River. As such, greenbelt users are advised to be aware of their surroundings and keep small children and pets close.

Anyone seeing a mountain lion anywhere in Boise is asked to report the information immediately to the Boise Police Department or the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. A detailed description regarding when and where the cat or cat sign was seen remains very helpful.