Mountain lion spotted in metro area neighborhood still on the loose

12:15 PM, Aug 14, 2010   |    comments
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"They kind of watched the cat and had her into an enclosed area and had what they thought was confined. Cats being as they are, they're highly elusive. And as we moved in, there was not a cat to be found at that time," Jerrie McKee, the district manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said.

An Englewood Police officer reported seeing the mountain lion near Santa Fe Drive and Bates Avenue around 5 a.m.

Englewood Police says several officers responded with their weapons ready. They spotted the lion as they worked to corner it near an RTD light rail facility, but it managed to get away.

This area is very close to a residential neighborhood where a mountain lion has been spotted several times.

The Colorado Department of Wildlife says it believes the mountain lion spotted Friday morning is the same one that was spotted by a DOW officer earlier in the week.

The DOW says it has officers staying in the Englewood area and the goal is either to get the mountain lion to move on or to tranquilize it and transport it out of the area.

The DOW says they do not believe it is an aggressive cat and it is small and probably young.

The DOW recommends that pet owners in the area not leave their animals out at night and parents should always know where their children are.

If you see the mountain lion, do not approach it and call 911 immediately so police and the DOW can respond.

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