Please, Do Not Pet The Kitty. Mountain Lion Spotted In Billings
If friend shaped, why not friend?
Yes, I know that is not a mountain lion, but it seems TikTok has been making these... admittedly cute... balls of danger more popular, and I am genuinely concerned someone will try to pet something like this.
However, in scrolling through Facebook last night, I came across a post on Billings Neighborhood Watch from March 5th, where Lonnie Charbonneau saw a Mountain Lion around 17th and Rimrock.
Now, according to Elizabeth Heath, a commenter, the Mountain Lion is spotted in this area frequently. That is concerning to me, knowing a wild animal of that sort is just... hanging out... in the area.
Safety Tips from the USDA
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, these animals are unpredictable and potentially dangerous. (Which, I thought was obvious, but some may not know this)
It is possible for these animals to notice you first, and flee the area before you notice them, however, they provide a fantastic list of tips to prevent issues with Mountain Lions.
- If you spot a mountain lion and the animal is unaware of you, alter your route so that you will move away from its area.
- Never approach a mountain lion, especially one that is feeding or with kittens.
- Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Always give them a way to escape.
- Do not run. Remain calm. Hold your ground or back away slowly.
- Continue facing the mountain lion, and maintain eye contact.
- Do all you can to appear larger; Stand upright, raise your arms, raise your walking stick, and open your jacket.
- If you have small children or pets with you, try to pick them up without turning away or bending over.
- Never bend over or crouch down, avoid looking like a four-legged prey animal. Again, Do not bend over to pick up a rock or stick off the ground. This action may trigger a pounce response in a mountain lion.
- If the lion behaves aggressively, wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice, and throw objects like the water bottle in your hand. The goal is to convince it that you are not prey and may be dangerous yourself.
- Try to remain standing to protect your head and neck.
- If attacked, fight back!! Use rocks, jackets, and sticks to turn away the mountain lions.
- Report any mountain lion encounters or incidents to the local Ranger District, or Fish and Wildlife Office.
Good stuff there, and worthy of knowing especially if you are one to go hiking or walking through trails.
Should we be concerned about the Mountain Lion in town? I think so. If you see it, report it, and you could save a life or a pet.
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