In recent days, several mountain lion sightings have been reported along the Pine River
corridor in the Ignacio vicinity (Ute Park south to Shoshone Park). Although lions are rarely
seen here, the river corridor offers excellent habitat for this large predator, and its occurrence
here is not unusual.
If you use the trails or parks below Tribal Campus and along the Pine River, please take some
basic precautions to minimize your chance of an encounter with a lion. These include the
- Travel with a friend or group and keep small children near you
- Avoid walking within densely vegetated sites
- Do not let pets run unleashed
- Avoid recreating at dawn and dusk, when lions are most active
- Carry a weapon or deterrent device within quick reach
- Know how to behave if you encounter a mountain lion
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A MOUNTAIN LION
In the vast majority of mountain lion encounters, the animals exhibit avoidance, indifference,
or curiosity that never results in human injury. However, it is natural to be alarmed if you have
an encounter of any kind. Try to keep your cool and do the following:
- Recognize threatening lion behavior. If the animal quickly passes from view and is
not observed again, the risk of further encounter is minimal. However, if the lion
exhibits a pattern of follow‐and‐hide, creeping, or intense staring, recognize this as
threatening behavior and respond accordingly.
- Do NOT run from a lion, as this could trigger a predatory instinct to chase. Instead,
walk away slowly from the encounter.
- Try to appear as intimidating as possible: maintain eye contact, yell at the animal,
stand tall, and wave your arms.
- If attacked, FIGHT back. Use a weapon such as a knife, walking stick, or rocks. Lion
attacks can often be stopped by effective resistance.
If you have recently encountered a mountain lion in this area, or would like additional
information, please contact the Wildlife Division at the number below. After hours please
contact Southern Ute Dispatch for assistance.
Southern Ute Wildlife Division – (970) 563‐0130
Southern Ute Dispatch – (970) 563‐4401