A young mountain lion had dogs in a frenzy early Thursday on Delwood Place, a cul-de-sac in the Crestview neighborhood, as it prowled from yard to yard.
The racket started around 6 a.m., said Dan Osby, a business technology consultant, who lives in the cul-de-sac.
Squawking crows later marked the location of the cat in the neighborhood, Osby said.
Osby took a photo of the cat at 8:10 a.m. when he took his children to school.
I was about 5 feet from the tree, Osby said. He could have jumped on me.
Steve McClung, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer, arrived just after the cougar abandoned the tree.
We had several calls about a cat, McClung said. Callers werent certain what they were seeing, whether a mountain lion, a lynx or a bobcat.
McClung identified the intruder from Osbys photo. He guessed its age at 2 to 3 years, judging from the size of the head in relation to the tree branches.
Had he seen the teeth, the color or the amount of wear could have provided a better clue as to age, McClung said.
I looked in trees and under shrubs, but the trail had gone cold, McClung said. No dogs or crows were making noise, so the lion must have moved on or was holed up somewhere.
It wouldnt be unusual to see a mountain lion in Crestview, McClung said. Its near open space, so it could have been following deer.
Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski said people should not be overly concerned about the big cats, but they should exercise caution.
Attacks on people are extremely rare, Lewandowski said. Mountain lions like things with four legs.
But mountain lions are wildlife and therefore unpredictable, he said. Keep your distance, and if you come onto one unexpectedly, back away, dont run.
Children should be taught how to behave in such cases, he said.