FLORENCE — Authorities are warning some Florence-area residents about another mountain lion sighting.
The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office reports a mountain lion was seen Monday south of Florence by a motorist on US Highway 93 South.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are advising residents in the area of Highway 93 and Sunrider Lane about the incident.
FWP offers up the following advice on what to do if you encounter a mountain lion:
- Do Not Approach a Lion. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
- Do Not Run from a Lion. Running may stimulate a mountain lion's instinct to chase. Instead, stand and face the animal. Do not turn your back. Make eye contact. If there are small children nearby, pick them up if possible so they don't panic and run. Although it may be awkward, pick them up without bending over or turning away from the mountain lion.
- Do Not Crouch Down or Bend Over. A person squatting or bending over looks a lot like a 4-legged prey animal. When in mountain lion country, avoid squatting, crouching or bending over, even when picking up children.
- Appear Larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you are wearing one. Again, pick up small children. Throw stones, branches, or whatever you can reach without crouching or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice. The idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you may be a danger to it.
- Be Vocal. Talk calmly and regularly.
If a lion attacks:
- Defend other people. If you need to defend other people, be aggressive.