For the third time in the past few weeks, a mountain lion was reported in the Boise area.
This time, there was no escape.
A cat was spotted coming out from under a porch in Riverside Village about 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
The homeowner alerted Garden City police, who came out with Idaho Fish and Game authorities and a volunteer houndsman. They tracked the animal through backyards and common areas located near the Boise River and Glenwood Street.
About 5:30 p.m., the lion was tracked to an island in the Boise River, where it ran along a Greenbelt path. When it reached the head of the island, it was just a few feet from going back into the neighborhood, Fish and Game officials said. Thats when police officers shot and killed the cougar.
Our hope was that the lion would tree and we could keep it there until it could be darted and possibly relocated to another area, said Fish and Game conservation officer Bill London. But we gave Garden City the green light to shoot the cat if it failed to tree. Darkness was upon us, and we did not want it roaming the neighborhood.
The adult female mountain lion was 7 feet long and weighed 90 to 100 pounds. Officials estimated that she was 5 to 6 years old.
She was in good health and not lactating, meaning she did not have kittens, officials said.
The investigating officers found older tracks, indicating that the lion had been in the neighborhood for at least several days. A necropsy of the carcass was planned for Friday, with results available later.
Officials say the cat did not match the description or the behavior of mountain lions recently reported in the Foothills.
On Jan. 27, two dogs accompanying a mountain biker were attacked by a mountain lion off Bogus Basin Road. The following day, a jogger with a dog encountered a cougar in the Avimor Subdivision off Idaho 55 northeast of Eagle. Both those cats disappeared.
The first cat appeared underfed, the cyclist said.
Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell