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BOISE -- A dog is recovering after being attacked by a mountain lion in a northwest Boise backyard Wednesday morning.

A spokesman for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the attack happened in a subdivision near the West Hill Road and North Collister Drive.

The owner of a German shorthaired pointer that says the pet went into the backyard before the sun came up. A short time later, the dog began yelping and ran back inside through a dog door. The owner looked outside and saw a cougar crouched on the back porch. Moments later, it disappeared around the corner of the home.

The dog is being treated for injuries.

Fish and Game conservation officer Bill London, who went to the neighborhood after the attack, said he found evidence that confirmed the dog owner's account. London says the mountain lion was likely young.

"It's likely a yearling lion, on its own for the first time in its life," London said in a release. "Finding sufficient food can be difficult, and young lions often view domestic pets as easy meals."

Fish and Game officers were unable to find the lion. Residents in the area are urged to keep an eye on pets and turn on flood lights when allowing them outside in the dark.

Anyone who spots a mountain lion should report it immediately to the Fish and Game Southwest Region Office in Nampa at 208-465-8465. After normal business hours, report mountain lion sightings to Ada County dispatch at 208-377-6790.

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