Cougar Alert Update
fall sets in, we need to be aware of cougars coming nearer
to our homes. There have been recent reports during the
past month of a cougar in the lower Hilt area, and another
one near the Mt. Ashland ski road.
The summer's seasonal availability of cougar food (deer,
etc.) lessened their interest in preying upon domestic animals
or local livestock. Now that deer, elk and other wildlife
populations are relocating and becoming less available,
cougars will again be seeking food sources nearer to the
human population. This means our pets, livestock, and our
children may be at risk.
winter and spring, there were six known incidents of domestic
pet killings attributable to cougars. Other pets and livestock
were stalked and threatened. Most of these incidents were
within close range of district residences, two occurring
on home porches.
caution all residents to maintain vigilance when outdoors.
Young children in our district remain at serious risk, even
those just "right outside," and should be supervised when
outdoors at all times.
For details on local cougar attacks, information on cougar
behavior, and safety tips for cougar encounters, see our
or at least turn off all electrical appliances not being used
when you leave home. Toasters are especially notorious for
igniting, because of their internal build-up of flammable
food particles, when energy surges occur in power lines to
is a Safety Hazard
Lightning can also
present a personal safety hazard: A couple in Utah were struck
and killed by lightning on July 19th in front of their onlooking
children when they sought shelter from the storm under nearby
tall trees and were sitting together in metal chairs; and
July 26th lightning struck and killed an Idaho woman and injured
5 others in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. They
had been climbing the 13,770-foot Grand Teton when she was
strikes an average of 400 people a year in the U.S., and kills
80. You can learn more about
lightning, lightning-caused fires, and personal safety
measures during lightning storms.