Family cat finds mountain lion hiding in Englewood backyard

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They checked under the deck — and found the mountain lion looking back

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife has relocated a mountain lion after capturing it beneath a deck in Englewood.

The 60-pound female is believed to be about 2.5 years old, and according to CPW officers, her body is in good condition.

It was late Thursday night when she was found under the deck of a home near South Broadway and East Oxford Avenue.

Lily Rutledge-Ellison said her cat, Wesley, was the first to sniff out the mountain lion.

“We were walking with him and he went under the deck and came jumping out with a really bushy tail,” Rutledge-Ellison said.

She said her boyfriend checked under the deck and found the mountain lion looking back at him.

“I was like in Englewood? No way. That’s why I really didn’t believe it was a mountain lion. I thought maybe a bobcat,” said Rutledge-Ellison.

They assumed the mountain lion was looking for shade.

Rutledge-Ellison said wildlife officers took nearly five hours carefully getting the mountain lion out safely.

“Everybody was very gentle. They were really trying to be as safe as possible for all the people around,” she said.

“The reason we chose to go hands-on with this mountain lion was because it was so deep in the heart of the city,” said Area Wildlife Manager Matt Martinez. “We are glad this operation worked out so smoothly for that neighborhood and for the mountain lion. We’d like to thank the Englewood Police Department and Code Enforcement for assisting us in getting that lion out safely.”

CPW said it’s possible this was the same mountain lion spotted about 10 miles away in Centennial on July 6, but there is no way of knowing definitively.

It’s not common for a mountain lion to come into urban areas like Englewood, but it does happen occasionally as they hunt for deer, skunks, raccoons or even pets and hobby livestock.

This mountain lion was taken out of town and released in a more appropriate environment.

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