Sightings Force Trail Closures In Colorado Springs Area

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Two encounters with a mountain lion have forced officials to close trails at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

A man jogging in the park on the Sundance Trail on Friday encountered the animal, according to Division of Parks and Wildlife spokesman Michael Seraphin. The lion had a deer carcass and was about 30 feet away from the trail.

About 20 minutes later a female jogger encountered the same mountain lion and ran. Lindsey Grewe was slightly injured when the mountain lion chased her before returning to the carcass.

“I really thought he was going to attack me,” Grewe said. “I had visions that I was going to get eaten.”

A park ranger responded and shot at the animal. Officials did not find blood or the mountain lion during a search Saturday morning.

Seraphin says the mountain lion probably left the park, but they said they are closing trails on the southern end of the popular recreation spot and have posted warning signs as a precaution.

Wildlife officials advise against people from running away from a lion if they encounter one in the wild. Instead, they encourage people to back away slowly and to make themselves as big as possible.

LINK: Division of Parks & Wildlife’s Guide To Living with Wildlife in Lion Country

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