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Mountain lion startles Cody residents

A mountain lion was found Friday along Ina Avenue lying outside next to a back door. The Park County Sheriff's Department and Wyoming Game and Fish Department shot the cat with a tranquilizer dart and removed it from the area. (Photo by Park County Sheriff's Department)

CODY — A mountain lion startled residents along Ina Avenue Friday, according to Park County Sheriff Scott Steward.

Steward said authorities were called in when a homeowner found the big cat lying outside, next to a back door.

Law enforcement officers and workers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department tried to corner the mountain lion after it ran into a garage. But it bolted out and ran through nearby backyards, at one point passing within a few feet of an unsuspecting resident doing yard work.

Game and Fish workers eventually shot the animal with a tranquilizer dart and removed it from the area.

Steward said that it was rare to encounter a mountain lion in one of Cody’s residential neighborhoods.

Additional details on the incident were not immediately available.



Powell Tribune

Young mountain lion caught in Cody

Written by Gib Mathers

A young mountain lion was captured west of Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody Friday, in a cooperative operation with the Cody Police Department and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

At 9:53 a.m., police received a report of a mountain lion on property in the vicinity of Ina Avenue, said Vince Vanata of the Cody Police Department.

The police set up a perimeter and notified the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

It took about a half-hour to collar the animal after Game and Fish was notified, said Game and Fish Bear Management Specialist Luke Ellsbury.

They almost had a shot, but then the lion jumped an 8-foot fence and escaped. The lion dashed across a field and holed up in a carport, Vanata said.

Ellsbury entered the carport and shot the lion with a tranquilizer dart, Vanata said.

The lion was relocated west of Cody in the Blackwater Creek drainage, in the Shoshone National Forest, which is good mountain lion habitat, Ellsbury said.

Ellsbury said the lion, about 80 to 90 pounds, was 1 1/2 years old.

Typically, mothers rear their cubs for about one and a half years, then send them on their own.

Ellsbury speculated the lion was just passing through Cody in search of his own territory.

“Young toms like that travel so much,” Ellsbury said.

Mountain lions are shy and reclusive, he said. They can be a danger to pets and children, but Ellsbury said there have been very few documented cases of human-lion conflicts in Wyoming.

Vanata said the Game and Fish Department was very professional and mindful of both the public’s and lion’s safety.
“They did a really good job,” he said. “We worked well together.”

A stray mountain lion was removed from a North Bernard Street yard in Powell on May 31, 2009.

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