GRPD officers responded to the call and were able to locate tracks from an animal that could have been a mountain lion, but no sighting of a mountain lion by the officers occurred. Green River Wildlife Supervisor Steve DeCecco said it is likely that the animal moved on as is common with young mountain lions that wander through town. “There is no need for alarm,” DeCecco said. “Just be aware and give wildlife space.”
Human/mountain lion interactions, although infrequent in Wyoming, can be a serious situation and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reminding people of some simple precautions. Mountain lions in residential areas typically turn out to be young lions searching for their own territory or recently detached from the mother.
While the chance of a mountain lion attacking a human is low, if a lion is encountered, following the simple rules below decreases the likelihood of an attack or attracting a lion in your backyard:
- If you see a mountain lion, do not approach it. Call the Green River Regional Office of the Game and Fish at 307-875-3223. If the call is before or after office hours, please call the GRPD at 872-0555.
- Stay calm and do not run. Mountain lions, like all cats, instinctively chase animals that run. If you have small children, pick them up so they don’t run, and back away slowly.
- Make yourself look bigger by opening your jacket or raising your arms. Throw rocks or sticks if you can without turning your back. You want to convince the lion you are not prey and may even be a danger to the animal.
- In the rare event the lion attacks, fight back with rocks, sticks and kick or punch.
- Pull pet food dishes inside at night.
- Use outdoor lighting in the evening and early morning hours.