Mountain lion Photo Credit: Evgeny555 (iStock).

Photo Credit: Evgeny555 (iStock).

Following two separate mountain lion attacks that involved pet dogs in the Estes Park area, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has confirmed that one dog has died.

According to a report from FOX31, a February 15 mountain lion attack that occurred near the Beaver Meadows Entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park resulted in the death of a dog.

A previous attack took place on February 11 in Estes Park city limits, though the dog involved in this incident survived. That attack happened in the Prospect Mountain area near Estes Park Health. In that case, the owner was able to chase the attacking big cat away with a broom.

The distance between these two spots is approximately 2.5 miles. Information about whether or not the same cat could have been involved in both attacks has not been released.

Following initial reports of the attacks, the Estes Park Pet Association issued a public service announcement that urged pet owners to be aware of predator risks and to take safety measures to protect their animals.

Pet owners are urged to inspect an outdoor space before letting their animal outside, especially at night. Accompanying a dog outside in close proximity can also be an effective lion deterrent.

Keeping dogs leashed during walks is also advised, as is avoiding walks during the hours of dusk, dawn, and night.

While mountain lion attacks on humans are rare, pets make a more favorable prey. Even large dogs can fall victim to a mountain lion. Keep a mindful eye and protect your pet. To a mountain lion, a dog is just another source of food.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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Sarah Lakeland


This will keep your pets safe and wildlife wild and not going after your pets. I came from New Jersey and wanted to keep my rescue dogs and cats safe from wildlife which i loved also. I had their pet doors access a SECURE SAFE FENCED AREA made of chain link panels and CHAIN LINK ROOF with gates with locks.

Predators such as mountain lions and great horned owls can't get in and dogs stay safe and don't roam to be dinner for predators or hit by cars or harass wildlife. Same with my cats. They enjoy the outdoors, stay safe and don't roam and kill precious birds. It is worth the effort and expense. does not have to be that big if you already hike or walk your dogs.

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