Environmental

Mountain lion snatches pet dog during hot springs visit

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials are warning pet owners to be careful after a mountain lion (cougar) took a family’s dog while they visited a popular tourist spot.

The southern Idaho family was visiting the Wild Rose Hot Springs near Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve on the evening of Nov. 5 when a mountain lion attacked and made off with one of their small dogs, according to Idaho Fish and Game.

The dog has not been found.

Mountain lions usually avoid people, but they can be attracted by pets or other small animals they view as prey, according to the state agency. Officials warned anyone in the area to be cautious, especially in the early morning and evening. They also said pet owners should keep their animals on leashes and watch their behavior, as they may sense a mountain lion first. Mountain lions are struggling because of climate change and humans, adapting their habitat.

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