Recently, there have been mountain lion sightings in the Town of Parker. The animal has been reported at Hilltop/Pine Lane and Canterberry Trail/Wanderlust Drive.
Wildlife sightings to include coyotes, deer, bear and moose, are a common occurrence in the Town and across the front range. The Parker Police Department is working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to educate citizens and provide public safety. We will be increasing patrols where sightings have been reported.
Should you encounter a mountain lion, please remember these safety tips:
• When you walk or hike in mountain lion country, go in groups and make plenty of noise to reduce your chances of surprising a lion. A sturdy walking stick is a good idea; it can be used to ward off a lion. Make sure children are close to you and within your sight at all times. Talk with children about lions and teach them what to do if they meet one.
• Do not approach a lion, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
• Stay calm when you come upon a lion. Talk calmly yet firmly to it. Move slowly.
• Stop or back away slowly, if you can do it safely. Running may stimulate a lion's instinct to chase and attack. Face the lion and stand upright.
• Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you're wearing one. If you have small children with you, protect them by picking them up so they won't panic and run.
• If the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly. What you want to do is convince the lion you are not prey and that you may in fact be a danger to the lion.
• Fight back if a lion attacks you. Lions have been driven away by prey that fights back. People have fought back with rocks, sticks, caps or jackets, garden tools and their bare hands successfully. Remain standing or try to get back up!
Mountain lion safety video: http://wildlife.state.co.us/NewsMedia/Videos/Pages/mountainlionsafety.aspx