GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Wildlife officers in Glenwood Springs euthanized five mountain lions in less than a month. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers trapped and killed a mother lion and her four nearly full-grown cubs, which were displaying aggressive behavior toward people in a West Glenwood subdivision.

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In the last month, department officials say they have seen a huge increase in cougar sightings. Officers are receiving between five and 10 calls a day and have taken reports on dozens of run-ins.

As deer come down the mountains looking for food, their predators often follow them, Perry Will, Area Wildlife Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife told CBS4’s Melissa Garcia.

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Kirby Wynn, who lives in the West Glenwood neighborhood, made a report in mid-January after a mountain lion attacked his dog.

“We heard our dog shrieking,” Wynn said. “He has some punctures on the top of his head and underneath his jaw.”

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A neighbor’s critter cam captured video of the big cat family that showed almost no fear of humans.

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“I got to the door and I was yelling,” Wynn explained. “And the lion didn’t just jump up and run away. I had to literally go within a foot of it to try to kick it off my dog.”

Some residents expressed outrage that Parks and Wildlife put the cats down. Will said in this case, euthanasia was the only option.

“We do not like putting down mountain lions,” Will said.

Relocating the cats, he said, would not have stopped their behavior from continuing elsewhere, putting other people in danger.

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“We couldn’t go turn them loose somewhere else and have them become someone else’s problem,” Will said.

Will wanted people to know that CPW’s goal is not to get rid of the lions, but to keep people safe. As of right now, authorities do not plan to set out any additional traps.

Residents who spot a mountain lion in their neighborhood should make a report immediately with Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

The agency has more information on helping to prevent human injuries which could lead to mountain lion euthanasia.

Comments (7)
  1. Ian Henderson Gemmell says:

    Yes. Where is the euthanasia in this?

  2. Ron Dean says:

    One thing the predator conservation minded unanimously agree on in situations like this is the need for more and better education about best practices for successfully coexisting within the wild / rural urban interface. Personal experience with neighbors reflect that it’s difficult to reshape provincial attitudes that are forged over a lifetime, even when those attitudes are based to a great degree on misinformation. At best, it’s a painfully slow, step by step process,…… Myself, a case in point. This is why I think grade school kids, and the next generation is the best target and hope for wildlife appreciation education.
    In search of additional options,… one I think has possible merit is to lobby for some sort of ordinance built into the escrow process, where every exchange of land qualifying as wild / rural urban, should require a wildlife population inventory. This “report” should be accompanied with the latest “best practices” on how to live with the wildlife residents and visitors who have survived and thrived on and around that property for generations, and prefer to continue doing so. This gives new owners advance disclosure about what wildlife complications they may be walking into before they write the check, and the inability to claim ignorance when Their idealistic fantasy of country living run afoul of predator plans for the same plot. With encouragement and support, They may come to appreciate and respect the honor of this very unique lifestyle most can only dream about or see on screen. This seems more likely to happen if new owners avoid unfortunate wildlife complications by being fully informed BEFORE commitment.

  3. Robert Lamont Merrick says:

    the term euthanasia means, literally, good death. to be a good death it has to be good for the ones doing the dying.

  4. My words got mangled. The above should say It’s not euthanasia. The animals were killed.

  5. It’s. To euthanasia! The word is killed! Stop misusing that word.

  6. Puller9 says:

    It’s hunting season in CO for Lion. It could be where they were living, they were run off by hunters with dogs and took refuge in neighborhoods where the hunting isn’t allowed. Why couldn’t residents have thrown firecrackers at them? Or is that illegal in CO neighborhoods now? That’s incredible this lion raised four cubs to 9? months of age, only to be killed by DNR. As for the Jack Russell who was grabbed by a cub…the cubs have probably been hunting marmot, rabbits, raccoon…so a Jack fell right into their size range. Not to mention, Jack’s have attitude and there was little chance the owner was going to be able to call her dog off the lions. Glad it wasn’t injured worse. CO needs to come up with another plan for dealing with predators passing through vs. killing them. I am sure those cats had no intention of staying in the neighborhood and with a little intervention could have been persuaded to head to better digs than where they were…unless the neighborhood is surrounded by open hunting. In which case, this was their ONLY refuge.

  7. Justin Sayep says:

    I wonder what the situation with West Glenwood residents feeding deer, and attracting them and encouraging them to hang out near their houses. The deer are the food the lions were after. Start by ticketing the goobers who feed the deer! Or, feed the goobers to the lions!

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