TELLURIDE – A Lawson Hill employee got a rare glimpse of one of the high country’s most elusive predators last week, when a mountain lion was spotted last Wednesday, May 8, on the pedestrian trail that winds through this wooded subdivision near Telluride.
A member of the Telluride Mountain School staff observed the mountain lion near the trail above the Mountain School; tracks were also discovered in the vicinity. Head of School Joe Stefani said the school contacted Colorado Parks and Wildlife to report the sighting, and two rangers responded. No other sightings have been reported since.
“We were concerned because we have a fair amount of kids who walk to school,” Stefani said, noting that the Parks and Wildlife officials offered some general information about mountain lions as well as some specific observations about last week’s sighting.
- Mountain lions have a wide territory over which they roam; the likelihood that they remain in the same area longer than a week is low.
- Mountain lions are shy and will make every attempt to avoid humans if they can.
- Lawson Hill is a high density neighborhood with a limited deer population which will likely force a mountain lion to keep moving.
Although the Mountain School has a fenced play area that is staffed by adults at all times, the School felt it wise to inform students’ families and the local community that a mountain lion had visited the area.
If there are any more mountain lion sightings in Lawson Hill or the surrounding area, Parks and Wildlife officials asks that they be contacted. The Southwest Region Service Center in Durango can be reached at 970/247-0855.