Wildlife Managers Kill Mountain Lion In Routt County

December 31, 2015

State wildlife managers have killed a mountain lion because it appeared to be a threat to humans after killing a pet dog in Routt County.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the mountain lion was killed Sunday. The death was reported Wednesday.

Officials say the lion had killed and eaten the dog hours earlier. When Steamboat Springs police and wildlife officers arrived, the lion was underneath a house.

The officers decided to give the lion a chance to leave, but when they returned nearly eight hours later, the animal was still under the house.

Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins says mountain lions would normally leave to avoid humans. He says this lion's odd behavior indicated it could be a threat to people, so it was killed.