Four mountain lion sightings in less than two weeks near Idaho State University have prompted concern, with the leader of a national outdoors group calling for authorities to post warning signs. The Idaho State Journal reports today that Pocatello Police and ISU public safety officers searched without success for a mountain lion early this morning in the area of Mountain View Cemetery south of the university. On Saturday night, another sighting was reported in the Red Hill area near the cemetery, and again, authorities couldn’t find the big cat.
On May 11, a mountain lion was tranquilized and captured by Fish and Game personnel on Red Hill trail located between Red Hill and Mountain View Cemetery. On Wednesday, a mountain lion was reported in the area of ISU’s Ridgecrest Apartments near Red Hill.
Martin Hackworth, the executive director of the Chubbuck-based ShareTrails.org, said he visited the Red Hill area on Sunday morning following Saturday night’s mountain lion sighting there and was astonished that authorities had not posted any signs warning the public about the mountain lions now known to be in the area. "I went down there and saw kids playing and women pushing their babies in strollers," said Hackworth, who lives in Pocatello near the Red Hill area. "It’s totally insane that there are no signs anywhere warning people about the mountain lions. Someone could get hurt or killed."
The concerns follows a fatal mountain lion attack near Seattle on Saturday in which two mountain bikers were attacked, one killed and the other seriously injured; it was only the second cougar attack death in the state of Washington in the past 100 years.