At about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Boise police were dispatched to the Greenbelt for the latest in a series of cougar sightings along the river.
Multiple people called Ada County Dispatch Wednesday about what appeared to be a mountain lion on the north side of the river, near ParkCenter Boulevard and East Spring Meadow Lane. A Boise police spokeswoman said the cougar was seen chasing deer. Fish & Game officials were dispatched to the area.
A couple hours later, at 6:18 p.m., a resident near Surprise Way reported seeing a cougar walking along her backyard fence, a dispatcher said. She said the cat was in the area between Surprise Way and Warm Springs.
There were numerous cougar sightings last week.
A Boise police bicycle officer saw a mountain lion at about 9:30 a.m. Friday. The cat was spotted beyond 31st and Pleasanton streets in a remote gravel area. The animal fled the area, and officers were unable to locate it.
Other sightings last week:
Thurday at 6:50 a.m.: Greenbelt east of Veterans Memorial Parkway (north side of the river and walking west).
Thursday afternoon: Greenbelt near Hilton Garden Inn (south side of the river and moving east)
Wednesday at 9 a.m. / 10 a.m.: Greenbelt near Glenwood Bridge
If you see a cougar, DO NOT RUN. Here's what sheriff's officials say you should do:
STOP. Back away slowly if you can do so safely. Running may stimulate a mountain lions instinct to chase and attack. Face the mountain lion, stand upright and maintain eye contact.
DO NOT APPROACH A MOUNTAIN LION, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
STAY CALM. Talk to it in a calm, yet firm voice.
DO ALL YOU CAN TO APPEAR LARGER. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if youre wearing one. If you have small children with you, protect them by picking them up so they wont panic and run.