Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mountain Lions Going Urban

Colorado residents have been reporting a number of sightings of mountain lions in urban centers over the last several years. The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW), which began a study three years ago, confirms these sightings, noting that, like other wildlife, mountain lions sometimes pass through green belts and drainage ditches in urban centers. They have tagged some of the cats they have come across in urban areas, and have been tracking their whereabouts and movement.

The DOW found that the lions are generally tracking deer and elk, but will eat domestic pets from time to time. They also found that the cats are not living very long: Of the 44 they tagged three years ago, only 18 are still alive. Many are killed by traffic.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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