It’s easy to think of mountain lions living somewhere else — in a different habitat.
But, on your street, near your house? That’s harder to imagine.
“We’ve seen more and more recent sightings,” says a representative from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
And that’s why the state has a new policy on how it handles mountain lions who are turning up in urban areas.
“The new policy will give us more non-lethal options,” a representative said. “It allows for some more expertise to be brought in.”
Now, if a mountain lion hasn’t threatened a person before, it will be considered a potential human conflict incident — enabling the Fish and Wildlife officials to respond in a number of nonlethal ways.
“When there’s a public safety [issue] and there’s a lion that is threatening human life, nothing will change. We will still have to take that lion.”