19-01-30 mountain lion

A mountain lion spent time around a home on Mountain View Lane in Hailey last week. Here, it stands next to a picnic table outside of the house.

It is not unusual this time of year to encounter mountain lions in the Wood River Valley. The top predators typically hunt from dusk to dawn, feeding on deer and smaller animals.

They also occasionally take domestic pets.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 4:30 p.m., Hailey resident Star Weekes saw one up close.

“The dogs were outside at the time on the other side of the house, so we brought them in right away,” Weekes said.

Weekes’ 15-year-old granddaughter was the first to spot the big cat through a window, as it walked near a picnic table in the yard.

“I walk my dogs every night and I’m not fearful that a mountain lion is going to charge me,” Weekes said.

The Idaho Mountain Express is investigating a separate report of a mountain lion killing a dog near Ketchum this week.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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