The Estes Park Pet Association issued an urgent public service announcement on Monday night following two local mountain lion attacks that reportedly occurred over a four-day span involving pet dogs. In one incident, the dog that was attacked was quite large at roughly 70 pounds.
One of the attacks happened near Eagle Cliff Mountain, a peak found just west of town. The other attack happened near Estes Park Health. According to the Estes Park Trail Gazette, one of the animals is recovering after the owner was able to chase off the lion with a broom. The status of the dog involved in the other incident is unknown.
Along with the report of the attacks and a warning to pet owners, the pet association also provided tips for avoiding dangerous interactions with mountain lions.
Pet owners are urged to inspect an outdoor space before letting their animal outside, especially at night. Accompanying a dog outside can also be an effective lion deterrent.
Keeping dogs leashed during walks is also advised, as is avoiding 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.
Details about whether or not the same mountain lion is expected to be involved in each incident were not included in the report.