More mountain lions hunting in Colo. Springs

POSTED: 05:24 PM MST Feb 19, 2013    UPDATED: 06:10 PM MST Feb 19, 2013 

Reports of mountain lion sightings are increasing in Colorado Springs, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Michael Seraphin said residents need to be educated about this elusive animal.

“They don’t arbitrarily attack people.  It’s, in fact, quite rare.  However, they are wild animals.  They are predators and people need to exercise some caution,” said Seraphin.

Seraphin explained a theory that suggests mountain lions associate four-legged animals with food, and two-legged animals with danger.  He said, mountain lions are more likely to attack residents pets than they are humans.

“Be aware that there are mountain lions in our community.  Do what you can to keep yourself and your family safe,” he said.

Here are some mountain lion safety tips from Colorado Parks and Wildlife: