Mountain lion spotted near the Greenbelt

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Mountain lion spotted near the Greenbelt

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by Matt Standal

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Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 4:25 AM

GARDEN CITY -- Deputies with the Ada County Sheriff's Office searched for a young mountain lion near Chinden Boulevard and Glenwood Street on Wednesday.

Deputy Todd Moyer says the mountain lion was reportedly seen by a woman who was walking her dog on the Greenbelt east of the Expo Idaho center.

"She reported a large cat with a long tail, and based on that description, it sounds like a mountain lion," Moyer told KTVB.

Deputies say the woman was near a footbridge over the Boise River when she spotted the animal.

Moyer and his partner searched the area on foot, but found no evidence of the mountain lion. Both deputies said the woman's description of the animal led them to believe it's likely a young cat.

The Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game is investigating the sighting.

Conservation officer Charlie Justice said the woman's report was a "first" in that particular area.

"We'll do some interviews, and probably go out on the Greenbelt where the cat was seen, and try to find some tracks and confirm it was a mountain lion," Justice said.

Back in May, a mountain lion was spotted along the Greenbelt near the Boise State University campus. Officers were able to shoot and kill the 70-pound cat that had been feeding in the area.

The Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game says Greenbelt users need to be vigilant, keep an eye on their surroundings, and keep children and pets close when there is a mountain lion sighting.

Mountain lions tend to hide up in trees or heavy brush. They don't like it when things get busy.

Fish and Game has a zero tolerance policy for mountain lions that come into the city, and typically shoot and kill the animals. Anyone who spots a mountain lion is urged to contact police or the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at (208) 334-3700.

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