Residents are urged to be aware of their surroundings to keep themselves and their pets safe
Residents in Ketchum are reporting two mountain lions frequenting their yards or seeing them on their security cameras. From video observations, biologists are calling them sub-adults, approximately 1.5 – 2 years of age and suspect they are siblings. Most of these reports are from west and north Ketchum.
The lions have been seen both at night and during daylight hours.
There have been no reports of attacks on pets.
Since January 1, 2024, the Magic Valley Region has received at least 17 calls about mountain lions in the Valley, most from Ketchum and Hailey residents.
Conservation officers can only respond and investigate reports of mountain lions in and around Wood River Valley communities and neighborhoods if reports are made by residents. It is crucial that residents continue to report mountain lion sightings, as well as any encounters or missing pets, to the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359 so that officers can continue to monitor the behavior of the lions and assess potential risks to public safety.
Public safety is our number one concern
Fish and Game will always consider public safety as our number one priority when conflicts occur that involve people and wildlife.
When living close to wildlife, no matter what the species, residents and visitors need to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings to reduce the potential of an encounter or attack.
Mule deer, elk and other wildlife are common throughout the Wood River Valley, even in neighborhoods. Most people like to see deer, elk and other wildlife. However, big game living where we live can bring unintended consequences when they are found within our communities since they can also attract predators, like mountain lions, since deer and elk are the natural prey for mountain lions.
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