Mountain Lion
Too Close For Comfort
Late at night on July 9, 2002, the Arizona Game and Fish Department officials received a report of an incident involving a mountain lion in a rural area southeast of Flagstaff.

An individual reported that he arrived at his residence at 10:30 p.m. As he was getting out of his vehicle, a mountain lion leapt at him and the man sustained minor abrasions on his arm. Game and Fish officials contacted U.S.D.A. Wildlife Services to track and locate the lion. As of 10 a.m. the next day the lion had not been located. An effort to track the lion has been discontinued but Game and Fish officials will continue to investigate calls and sightings in that area.

It is recommended that if you encounter a mountain lion you should do three important things: make yourself look big, do not run, and fight back. Also, if there has been any kind of incident involving a mountain lion, contact Game and Fish immediately.

Due to drought conditions, encountering wildlife in urban and rural areas may increase. Animals are moving around and looking for food and water. Game and Fish officials want to remind people that it is not necessary to put food or water out for wildlife. When this does occur it attracts more animals and eventually creates a problem.

| WH Home | Contact Western | WH Archive |

Copyright © 2002 J & D Outdoor Communications. All rights reserved.