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Mountain Lions
Posted on Sep 28th, 2023

                      
A few lot owners have recorded or seen mountain lions within the area of Legacy Mountain and Skyline Mountain Resort and expressed concern about dangers associated with wild and predatory animals being in close proximity to cabins and play areas. 
 
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) Biologist assigned to our area (DWR Central Area) is Wes Alexander.  He said the following:
·         Our area is not experiencing a larger-than-normal number of mountain lions this year
·         There have not been any reports of aggressive cats in our area
·         DWR has not had any reported issues with mountain lions in our area
·         Cats will be active when it’s darker, especially during dusk and dawn (when the deer are most active)
·         If anyone experiences an aggressive mountain lion, call and report it to the DWR
·         He wouldn’t hesitate to allow his children to play in the area
·         There has never been a documented fatality of a human by a mountain lion in Utah which has an estimated population of  2,500.
 
Utah DWR has a website specifically about what to do if you encounter a mountain lion:
https://wildlife.utah.gov/news/utah-wildlife-news/1641-what-to-do-if-you-encounter-a-mountain-lion.html
Please keep in mind that there is probably a difference between having a cougar kill in a yard located in the valley and a kill in a mountainous cabin community.
 
According to Wikipedia:
A total of 126 mountain lion attacks, 27 of which were fatal, have been documented in North America in the past 100 years. Fatal cougar attacks are extremely rare and occur much less frequently than fatal snake bites, fatal lightning strikes, or fatal bee stings.  Children are particularly vulnerable. The majority of the child victims were not accompanied by adults.
As with anything else, you have the right to protect yourself, others, or pets who are experiencing an immediate threat.
 
Utah DWR also has a webpage for encountering wildlife in general:
https://wildlife.utah.gov/news/utah-wildlife-news/1556-when-to-report-a-wildlife-sighting-or-encounter.html
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