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Fish and Game staff recently hazed this young mountain lion away from a residential deck in west Ketchum. The department is urging all valley residents, particularly those in the north valley, to be aware of their surroundings.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is encouraging residents to remain vigilant and close off spaces beneath their porches and decks after receiving “numerous” daily calls about mountain lion sightings in the Wood River Valley this month—particularly in Ketchum and Sun Valley.

In Warm Springs, two juvenile mountain lions were recently hazed away from a “day bed” under a deck. Though local lions haven’t been “misbehaving,” per se, according to Fish and Game spokesman Terry Thompson, approaching the animals could easily turn into a conflict situation.

Particularly concerning for the department has been the footage it’s received of the big cats taking daytime strolls in Ketchum.

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