Boise Police officer spots cougar near downtown this morning
Boise police are consulting Idaho Department of Fish and Game experts after a possible mountain lion sighting in Boise this morning.
Around 9:30 a.m., "a Boise Police bicycle officer caught a glimpse of the animal next to the river beyond 31st and Pleasanton in a fairly remote gravel area," said Charles McClure with the Boise Police Department. "The sighting reportedly took place at approximately 9:30 a.m. The animal quickly fled the area. Officers conducted an immediate search of the area, but did not locate the cat."
Boise Police remind you that if you spot the mountain lion in the city call police immediately. According to wildlife experts, wild animals generally try to avoid human contact.
If you do see an animal in the wild:
-Maintain your distance. Behavior of wild animals is unpredictable. Don't attempt to feed, catch or pet a wild animal.
-Never try to approach wildlife babies or mothers with their babies; the mother's protective response can be very fierce.
-Report injured or aggressive animals to immediately authorities by calling 911; don't attempt to give aid to injured animals. If an injured animal approaches you, move away slowly.
-As always, be aware of your surroundings and potential threats to personal safety, wildlife or otherwise.