Several mountain lions spotted in McCall area
Several mountain lions have reportedly been spotted in the past few weeks in the McCall area.
Idaho Fish and Game says its office has received several reports from residents in the area.
"Mountain lions occur throughout Idaho, but sightings are rare because the animals make their living by being secretive and cautious," said Regan Berkley, Idaho Fish and Game regional wildlife manager. "It is likely that mountain lions move through McCall fairly often; however, these movements are typically at night and go unobserved."
Berkley says it's likely the cougars are attracted to the area due to the deer in town. Also this week, mountain lion tracks were found in southern Ada County.
Encounter a mountain lion? Fish and Game shares these tips.
Do not run. Stay calm and keep eye contact. Move slowly and try to back away. Running away may trigger the animal’s instinct to chase.
Do what you can to appear large by raising and waving your arms or opening your jacket. Yell in a loud, firm voice.
Never turn your back on a mountain lion. Always maintain eye contact and face the lion.
When you walk or hike in lion country, travel in groups.
Keep children close and in sight at all times. Pick small children up if a lion is near.
Never approach a mountain lion. Give the lion a way out of a close situation.
If a lion behaves aggressively, arm yourself with a large stick, rock, or other object and face the lion.