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EAGLE -- There has been a third report of a mountain lion near the Boise River.

A man called Ada County dispatch at 1:10 p.m. to report hearing a mountain lion near the Hilton Garden Inn in Eagle. He believed the cat was on the south side of the river and moving east.

Eagle Police alerted Idaho Fish and Game officers. Deputies are searching the area but have not heard or seen any evidence of the mountain lion.

This morning, Garden City Police were called to a mountain lion sighting near Veterans Memorial Parkway and the Boise River. The sighting was reported around 7:15 a.m.

Garden City Police sent two teams to try to find the cat. Officers even used a thermal imager. Sgt. Jerry Walbey says the equipment would help them locate the mountain lion even if it was hiding in dense brush.

It is going to show up very significantly, even though we can't see them visually, said Walbey. But with the heat sensor it will show up, it shows as a big white blot.

Walbey says the thermal imager picked up people walking on the Greenbelt and a few dogs, but no mountain lion.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says it has been working with officers to try to catch the big cat. The Ada County Sheriff's Office also helped investigate this morning's sighting.

If we do have any other reports, we will respond to those promptly, said Walbey.

On Wednesday, a young mountain lion was seen by a woman walking her dog on the Greenbelt by the footbridge near Expo Idaho. The woman described the cat as being bigger than her 80-pound dog.

Deputies searched the area but did not find any evidence of a mountain lion.

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.

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.

Here are some tips from Fish and Game if you encounter a mountain lion:

DO NOT RUN.


STOP. Back away slowly if you can do so safely. Running may stimulate a mountain lion s instinct to chase and attack. Face the mountain lion, stand upright and maintain eye contact.

DO NOT APPROACH A MOUNTAIN LION, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.

STAY CALM. Talk to it in a calm, yet firm voice.

DO ALL YOU CAN TO APPEAR LARGER. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you re wearing one. If you have small children with you, protect them by picking them up so they won t panic and run.

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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