Carson City Watching For Mountain Lions

Residents on the west side of Carson City say they're used to seeing wildlife. These days they're being told to watch for mountain lions in their midst.

Glimpses of the big cat or cats have been fleeting, but it was hard to miss the caution signs on city roadways in the area.

City officials put up the signs after a jogger reported being paced by a lion along King Canyon Road Tuesday.

Some we met today seemed to be taking the warnings in stride. "Watch out for the mountain lions," one jogger quipped as she ran past one of the caution signs.

Others, however, admit to being a little unnerved.

"It's scary," said Kathryn Pincock. "because you're coming in and out at night and we don't have street lights. Anything could jump out at you."

Pincock says she's seen deer, coyotes, raccoons, even bobcats near her home, but never a mountain lion.

Actually, though they are seen infrequently, mountain lions are regular visitors to the capitol city. In fact, Sheriff Ken Furlong says his dispatch center has received several calls about sightings recently, mostly from the north and west portions of the city.

He says the cats are usually shy around humans and,. so far, this one or ones hasn't been agressive. Still he says all the usual precautions apply. "Keep an eye especially on your pets, your dogs and cats and, of course, your children, but if there is a concern call 9-1-1 and we'll respond.

Furlong says state wildlife experts have been called in to develop a plan to address the problem.


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