Two Incidents Of Mountain Lion Sightings Reported In Park City

Sep 4, 2019


Credit UDWR-Cougar

Park City residents have reported two incidents of mountain lion sightings in the city in the past several days. The calls came from different neighborhoods.

On August 29 a man walking his dog near Wyatt Earp drive in the Prospector neighborhood told police he saw what he described as a young mountain lion. It was about 9:20 PM when police responded to the call. They did a search of the area but could not locate the animal.

Another mountain lion sighting came in on September 2 at 7:25 PM. The caller said the lion was on hole number 4 at the Park Meadows Golf course. Officers checked with multiple people who were out walking and after searching the area, could not locate the cat.

Both incidents were reported to the Division of wildlife Resources.

In other news, a garage fire was responded to on September 2 at a residence in Deer Valley on Nansen Drive. The occupants had left some rags in a heap in the corner of their garage. Fire Marshall Mike Owens with the Park City Fire District says it’s amazing how combustible products can create enough chemical heat to ignite. He says people need to read the product labels when using these kinds of substances. He says it’s better to avoid using products that are not coming from the original container. And he says cleaning products can be very combustible.

“You have to be very careful with what you use to clean with. We had a fire in a motor home right around a year ago where the lady was cleaning with acetone and the acetone caught on fire. The vapors of acetone are very, very flammable. And all it took was a little spark and her motor home was on fire. And there were no injuries which we were really lucky to have no injuries. But anytime you’re using a product that is not stored in its container, you run the risk of having problems you don’t foresee because you don’t have those instructions and those warnings right there.

Owens says the fire did not cause any injuries and after forcing open the garage door, they were able to put it out quickly.

Instruction from UDWR on what to do if you meet an aggressive cougar:
Do not run from a cougar. Running will provoke an instinctive prey response and the cougar may pursue you.

Make yourself look intimidating. Make eye contact with the cougar, which cougars consider a threat. Make yourself look big by opening your jacket, raising your arms and waving them. Speak loud and firm to the cougar.

If you have children, pick them up. Try to pick children up before they panic and run. When you are picking children up, keep eye contact with the cougar and try not to bend over too far or turn your back to the cougar.

If you are attacked, fight back! Protect your head and neck, as the neck is the target for the cougar. If the cougar thinks it is not likely to win its fight with you quickly, it will probably give up and leave.