City of Fort Collins officials took to social media to warn the public of mountain lion activity in the vicinity of a Colorado State University area.
The large mountain lion was spotted earlier this fall roaming the Poudre River corridor and now remains active in the vicinity of the Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center. The most recent warning was posted on Friday, January 8.
Residents were cautioned to "continue to keep safety in mind when visiting the vicinity of the [Environmental Learning Center], Running Deer Natural Area, Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area, or anywhere in lion country," in a Facebook post on Friday.
The Facebook post goes on to say that "mountain lions are a natural part of the ecosystem and negative interactions with them are extremely rare."
While some mountain lions tend to move into the lower foothills during this time of year, the university says the lion roaming near the campus may have been pushed further east to avoid competing against other lions for food.
Although attacks are rare, it is important to know what to do if you encounter a mountain lion on the trail. Never run. This could trigger the animal's instinct to chase and attack. Make yourself “large" by waving your arms above your head, speak loudly, and throw objects, such as rocks or sticks, in the mountain lion's direction, while avoid bending down or crouching . If attacked, always fight back.
For more information on mountain lions in Colorado, please visit cpw.state.co.us/lions.