Division of Wildlife (DOW) officers in Fort Collins, CO have stopped actively searching for a mountain lion reported near Putnam Elementary School this morning. The first sighting happened in town earlier this week on Tuesday.
Putnam and Irish elementary schools were put on lockout at this morning when officials were notified of a second mountain lion sighting near Putnam. ”The lockout was lifted around 10 AM,” Poudre School District spokeswoman Ellen Laubhan said, “The police department and Division of Wildlife have not had any more sightings and they called an all clear in the area.”
Mark Leslie, area wildlife manager for the DOW, helped search this morning. At about 9:45 AM, he said it appeared it was hiding or had moved along. ”Obviously, if this is the cat that we saw in town earlier this week, it’s a real concern,” he said. “This is an animal not showing much fear of people and that’s a concern.” Leslie continued by saying that if the mountain lion sighted is found to be the same one seen Tuesday, it could be destroyed.
Police and DOW officers began trailing a large male mountain lion after 4 PM Tuesday near Lee Martinez Park. According to Leslie, DOW officers will return to the area as needed to ensure the mountain lion is not roaming in neighborhoods.