UPDATE: Dog attacked in Southeast Boise, possibly by mountain lion

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comApril 9, 2014 

A resident in Surprise Valley reported that a dog was attacked by a mountain lion Wednesday morning.

Fish and Game officers are continuing to investigate a reported mountain lion attack on a dog in Southeast Boise early Wednesday morning.

The attack occurred at about 6:30 a.m. on Horseshoe Place, a cul-de-sac just off Surprise Way and Idaho Highway 21. According to Idaho Fish and Game, the child of a homeowner heard their 5-pound Maltese make a yelping noise. The child then reported seeing a large animal with a long tail jumping while carrying the dog in its mouth. The boy yelled at the animal, which then dropped the dog, according to Fish and Game.

The dog was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic for treatment of its injuries — a single puncture wound in its shoulder and a left eye that was bulging from its socket. A Fish and Game conservation officer was told by the veterinarian that the dog's eye injury didn't appear to be caused by the tooth of another animal.

The officer investigating the attack hasn't found any evidence of a mountain lion. Some of the fresh tracks left in mud in the area of the attack include those of coyotes, dogs and mule deer.

Fish and Game says a dog in the same Surprise Valley neighborhood was attacked and killed by a coyote about a month ago. In a separate incident, a Surprise Valley dog was killed by a mountain lion last summer.

A notice about the attack was posted to the Surprise Valley Homeowners Association by Association Management Inc.

"Please keep a close eye on ALL children and pets," the website notice says. "Call police at 377-6790 immediately if you see a mountain lion."

Boise Police encourage anyone who encounters a mountain lion to call 911.

It's not the first mountain lion encounter reported this year. In February, a cougar was spotted in a Garden City neighborhood. Idaho Fish & Game officials tracked the cat, and it was shot by police.

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.

Katy Moeller: 377-6413 Twitter: @KatyMoeller

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