[UPDATE] Mountain Lion Spotted in LaBonte Park
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) The Laramie Police Department says no further sightings of the mountain lion have been reported since 11:43 p.m. last night. Lt. Gwen Smith says unless further sightings are reported, Laramie law enforcement assume the lion has left the city limits and has returned to it's habitat.
UPDATE: The mountain lion was last seen near 22nd Street and Garfield. Law enforcement reported the update at 11:43 p.m. The Laramie Police Department says the mountain lion has not been located and no additional sightings have been reported. The department warns that mountain lions typically hunt from dusk to dawn so the public should remain vigilant.
UPDATE:(5:50) The mountain lion has not been seen since 2:15 p.m. Law enforcement are urging caution. Sightings can still be reported.
UPDATE: (4:00 p.m.) According to the Laramie Police Department, the mountain lion was sighted in the area of 9th and Harney, crossing LaBonte Park. Law enforcement officers from the Albany County Sheriff's Office, the Laramie Police Department and the Game and Fish are in the area trying to locate the animal. Residents are encouraged to keep children and small pets indoors. If you see a mountain lion, and are in a safe place, call 911 to report it's location. If you see a mountain lion and you are not in a safe place, you should quietly and slowly back away to a safe place, then call 911. You should not call 911 to ask if the mountain lion has been located.
The Laramie Police Department is reminding citizens to please stay away from the area while the search is being conducted. Traffic in this area is making for a dangerous situation for all involved.
According to Laramie PSAP, a mountain lion has been spotted in LaBonte Park headed south at 2:15 p.m. The PSAP was sent out at 3:33 p.m.
Citizens should take shelter, keep pets indoors and, if seen, the lion should not be approached. Sightings can be reported to (307) 721-2526 with specific information.