GARDEN CITY - Pursued through neighborhoods and common areas, an adult mountain lion was eventually killed by law enforcement officials along the Boise River Greenbelt in the Riverside subdivision Thursday afternoon.
An eyewitness reported to Garden City Police that at 4:15 p.m. a mountain lion had bolted from under his front porch and exited his property, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game press release said.
With Garden City Police, Fish and Game conservation officer Bill London and a volunteer houndsman responded to the scene and began tracking the animal through backyards and common areas within the subdivision. Fish and Game veterinarian Dr. Mark Drew also responded to the scene.
“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,” London said in the release. “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.”
Around 5:30 p.m., the lion was tracked to an island in the Boise River where it ran along the greenbelt path, bypassing several large cottonwood trees. Upon reaching the head of the island, it was only a few feet from re-entering the neighborhood when it was shot and killed by law enforcement officers, the release said.
The 7-foot-long mountain lion was an adult female, estimated at 5 to 6 years old, 90 to 100 pounds, in good body condition and not lactating, meaning she did not have kittens.
“Based on this lion’s size and condition, we are confident that this is not the mountain lion involved in the Boise Foothills dog attacks a few days ago,” London said.
During the incident, older mountain lion tracks were found, indicating the lion had been in the neighborhood for at least several days, Fish and Game said. A necropsy of the carcass will be conducted today.
This is the third reported lion incident in the last few weeks. On Jan. 27, two dogs were attacked by a mountain lion off Bogus Basin Road, and the following day, a jogger with a dog encountered a lion in the Avimor Subdivision off Highway 55. In this incident, the lion behaved as expected, running away from the area.