By Ernie Over, Managing Editor, County10.com
(Jackson) — A family of mountain lions that had been hunting near a residential area east of Jackson and killing deer there have been safely relocated to an area in far Eastern Fremont County.
According to Wyoming Game and Fish Department Public Information specialist Mark Gocke in Jackson, efforts to haze the four mountain lions out of the residential area were not successful. “They kept coming back and killed three more deer,” Gocke said Friday late afternoon. “We were able to capture an adult female Jan. 23rd, and we knew there were some sub adults with her.” Gocke said one of the sub adults was caught on Jan. 29th and two more were captured two days ago.
“We wanted to relocate the mountain lions to a place away from both people and development, and they were taken to the release site and let back into the wild today. They were in good condition.”
He said the mountain lions were released on a Bureau of Land Management closure area “between Lander and Rawlins.” He said the site was in far eastern Fremont County southeast of Lander.
“We chose the BLM closure site to afford them the most protection while they adjust to their new surroundings,” Gocke said.
In a related story…
The Game and Fish Department annual conducts “Staying Safe in Bear, Lion and Wolf Country” seminars across the state, and two are scheduled this coming April in Fremont County. The dates are April 7 in Dubois from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Headwaters Center, and April 14 in Lander, also from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fremont County Library.
Would you know what to do if you suddenly encountered a wolf or grizzly bear while hiking, if a black bear entered your camp looking for food, or if you were surprised by a mountain lion in your back yard?
The purpose of the seminars is to increase awareness and understanding of bears, mountain lions, and wolves by providing participants with information and tools they can use to prevent conflicts and avoid dangerous encounters.
Presentations will feature behavior and biology, life history, population status and movements, proper food storage, safety and legal issues, what to do in an encounter situation, and the most current information on the use of bear spray.
Each seminar is free and open to people of all ages and skill levels.