Mountain Lion Got Family Dog While Visiting Hot Springs
Have you ever seen a Mountain Lion up close, or had one even from far away charge at you? it is a scary scary thing. My two pups and I were chased by one almost 10 years ago in southern Oregon near Klamath Falls and I will never forget it. We luckily managed to make it safely back to the car. My heart truly goes out to this poor family who is grieving the loss of their family dog after a surprise visit from a Mountain Lion in Idaho.
According to Fish and Game the family was in Carey Idaho in the Wild Rose Hot Springs along highway 20. What was a peaceful beautiful day turned quite quickly when a mountain lion came out and snatched one of the small dogs. Mountain Lions usually stay clear of humans but the little dogs must have been too enticing for the lion to resist.
"Anyone who chooses to access this area is encouraged to be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings, especially during early morning and evening hours," Idaho Fish and Game officials wrote in the press release.
Now for some tips and advice from experts on what to do if you see a mountain lion. Do not run or turn your back on it. Yea, easier said than done, this is literally the first thing I did when I encountered one with my dog was to run. I guess I know better now, but I would rather not have to test it out. Instead you should try and make yourself look as large as possible, and slowly back away while continuing eye contact. Being loud is also good however stay away from screaming as it can sound like a wounded animal to them. Another one that is scary to think about, if attacked by a mountain lion, always fight back.