With lion sightings, use common sense | SummitDaily.com

With lion sightings, use common sense

Linda DickmanWildernest

In regard to mountain lions being present in Summit County, I would like to urge everyone to read the following website if possible -http://www.cougarinfo.com.I believe it to be an objective website offering helpful hints as well as facts about human-lion interaction in North America. While it still holds true that most cougars, as they are known, prefer staying away from humans, there does seem to be a valid argument to suggest that some cougars are finding it beneficial to dwell near human developments. I guess you could say it is similar to some bears being attracted to Dumpsters. Colorado is listed as No. 2 in the nation when it comes to frequency of encounters. The website offers helpful suggestions about things you can do to help avoid having a negative encounter.A few days ago, I was told that the three lions that were spotted by Silverthorne Police were on the deck of a home in the Silver Heels neighborhood in Wildernest. It was then reported the lions were back by the Dillon Dam.In the interest of both cougars and people, everyone who walks or rides in these areas should be carrying pepper spray, keeping alert and keeping your pets on a leash.A strong flashlight for night walking is also common sense. Look around and behind you frequently and don’t forget to look up in the trees when walking in the woods. Don’t let small children play outdoors without supervision. Listening to music with head phones or talking on a cell phone impairs your ability to hear what is going on around you.These and many other suggestions on the website are geared toward helping protect yourself and your pets. These magnificent creatures need to be regarded with respect and not underestimated. We need to be very careful while they are living in our proximity.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User