‘This is terrifying’: Mountain lion seen in Scottsbluff neighborhood
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KLKN) — Keely Gloria, a west Scottsbluff resident, posted a shocking Ring video of a mountain lion skulking across her front lawn.
In her post, Gloria stated “Well, looks like a big mountain lion paid a visit early this morning? Anyone know why they are wandering around town? This is terrifying.”
She quickly alerted the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) about the video to find out if her fears were correct, and they were.
NGPC sent out a press release confirming the animal caught on video was a mountain lion.
“Mountain lions that are found within city limits will be euthanized if it can safely be done,” said NGPC in the press release. “If people in the community observe a mountain lion they should immediately contact the Scottsbluff Police Department.”
According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC), we have three mountain lion populations here in Nebraska. Although they are more common in the west, near Pine Ridge, there are multiple reports of mountain lions near metropolitan areas over the last decade.
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These predators rarely approach humans, but it’s best to be prepared in case of an emergency.
So, what should you do if you cross this predator’s path?
NGPC offers these potentially life-saving tips:
- Don’t approach the mountain lion.
- Give the wild animal a path to escape (i.e. don’t trap or corner it).
- Stay calm, move slowly.
- If possible, back away safely. But, don’t turn your back to the mountain lion or start running.
- Raise your arms or backpack to appear larger.
- If children are with you, lift them up to keep them from running.
- If you are being attacked, fight back. These big cats have been successfully driven off with bare hands or rocks. Try to remain on your feet or get back up if knocked down. Again, do not engage the animal physically unless you absolutely have to.
For more information about mountain lions in Nebraska, click here.