BOULDER, Colo. –
A mountain lion was tranquilized and relocated by the state Division of Wildlife after killing a small dog in Boulder’s Highland Park neighborhood on Monday, according to Boulder police.
The lion killed a “white, fluffy dog” outside 2318 Dennison St. at about 4 p.m., police said.
Division of Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said the lion, a 10-month-old male, was moved to a remote location. She said the lion had previously been tagged and is part of the division’s Front Range mountain study. The lion will be “hazed” to give it a negative association with humans and its movements tracked, she said.
The dog’s owner, who didn’t want to give her name, said her dog, an American Eskimo miniature, was attacked on their deck. She said she tried unsuccessfully to scare the lion to get it to drop her dog.
On Sunday, part of a Chautauqua Park trail was closed after hikers spotted a mountain lion in the trees. The female lion was monitored, but not tranquilized.