mountain lion

A mountain lion napping on a fence in a neighborhood in Boulder, Colo. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. 

A mountain lion found napping on a fence in a central Boulder neighborhood Tuesday morning was tranquilized and relocated, the Boulder Police Department said.

Police said the male mountain lion was spotted about 8 a.m. in the neighborhood on Adams Circle, less than a mile east of the University of Colorado.

Rangers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks responded and tranquilized the lion without incident at 9 a.m. The lion will now be released into a remote area outside of Boulder, rangers said.

During the hourlong incident, residents of the neighborhood were asked to stay in their homes and keep pets indoors. The neighborhood is clear and residents can resume normal activity, police said.

Colorado’s Front Range is considered prime habitat for mountain lions, with 3,000 to 7,000 mountain lions living in the state, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Though lion attacks are rare, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has documented 25 incidents of mountain lions attacking humans between 1990 and April 2021. That includes four attacks since 2019.

To report mountain lion sightings, residents can call Colorado Parks and Wildlife headquarters at 303-297-1192.

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