“It is not unusual for mountain lions to be in Fort Collins or any of our urban areas along the ridges of the foothills. Mountain lions do a phenomenal job of being in areas where humans are and really going undetected a vast majority of the time.” –Colorado Parks and Wildlife Spokesperson Jason Clay
Unsettling footage for anyone in the Fort Collins area as a mountain lion was captured by a Ring Doorbell camera walking across a neighborhood patio in the early hours of Monday morning. CBS Denver spoke with Jason Clay, a spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, who said mountain lions in Front Range neighborhoods are not as uncommon as many believe. It’s just humans are getting better at noticing them.
“Mountain lions are incredibly elusive animals. We’re starting to see mountain lions being detected more often in our cities because of security cameras.”
Residents are encouraged to continue to keep their eyes out for lions in communities. When one is spotted it should be reported and neighbors should notify each other so they can protect their pets. Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises If you ever cross paths with a lion which isn’t standing down, make themselves big, talk loudly at the lion and haze it. Clay said it is always best to be loud and large while slowly walking backward. Clay said it is never a good idea to run away from the cat.