Mountain lions have been spotted in almost every Vail Valley neighborhood.  I have never seen so many in our residential areas and on hiking trails.  There are daily deer kills in backyards.  Please use caution when outside with pets and small childern.  Several household pets have lost their lives.

If you see a mountain lion, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office recommends:

• Do not approach a mountain lion, especially when it’s feeding or with kittens.

• Maintain visual contact so you can always see what it is doing.

• Stay calm and make eye contact so that it knows you have seen it.

• Stop or back away slowly. Running may stimulate a mountain lion’s instinct to chase and attack. Face the lion and stand upright.

• Do all you can to appear larger.

• If you are with a small child, pick them up and tell them to be quiet — their high voice may sound like prey to a mountain lion.

• If a mountain lion behaves aggressively, then throw stones or whatever you can without crouching down or turning your back. Make loud noises and convince it that you are not prey.

• Fight back if a mountain lion attacks you as they have been driven away by prey that fights back. Remain standing, or if you get knocked down, then try to get back up.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife is responsible for managing, conserving and protecting wildlife. Its Glenwood Springs office can be reached at 970-947-2920. Learn more about mountain lions at

 Liz Leeds * LizLeeds.Com * FourSeaonsVail * * 970-331-1806