Mountain Lion Sighted in Englewood, Littleton

State Wildlife Official Confirmed Big Cat Sighting

Several more reports of a mountain lion had Littleton police drawing weapons Wednesday night.

The area along Big Dry Creek near Belleview and Broadway was the focus of intense vehicle traffic for two hours Wednesday.

But a wildlife official and police officers were unable to find the animal.

There were also several confirmed sightings of a mountain lion in urban Englewood on Tuesday, police said.

The big cat was first reported about 3:04 a.m. Tuesday in the 3100 block of Delaware Street, Englewood police said. Officers responded, but were unable to locate the cougar.

About 4:40 a.m., police received another report of the mountain lion about six blocks east, near East Cornell Avenue and South Lincoln Street.

About 5:20 p.m., the cougar reappeared farther east, near the Englewood-Denver border. The lion was spotted in the back yard of a home near South University Boulevard and East Flora Avenue -- just west of Wellshire Municipal Golf Course, police said.

A Colorado Division of Wildlife officer responded there and confirmed it was a mountain lion, police said. The officer attempted to shoot the lion with a tranquilizer dart, but it escaped.

At about 9 p.m., the lion was again spotted about a block north South University Boulevard and East Flora Place, police said.

"Well it's just always alarming. We live in the city. So you definitely don't ever think that you'll see a mountain lion in the city," said Kelli Bowers, a resident near the Eisenhower recreation center.

She also showed 7NEWS a paw print that she thought could have come from a mountain lion, not her German short-haired pointer.

"So, yes it concerns me a little because we've been really careful with our dog since. And there's a lot of little kids in this neighborhood," Bowers said.

Police and state wildlife officials urged residents to immediately report a mountain lion sighting to 911.

If people encounter a mountain lion, the Colorado Division Wildlife recommends: calmly and slowly backing away; do not run; raise your arms to appear larger; if the lion is aggressive, throw rocks or sticks; do not crouch or turn your back; if the lion attacks, fight back.

They do not tend to attack people but are most active at sunrise and sunset, a DOW official said.

Police urged anyone who sees the lion to quickly call 911.

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