Mountain Lions

About mountain lions
Mountain lions are primarily solitary and most commonly found in foothills and canyon country. They are most active from dusk to dawn but will travel and hunt in daylight. They require sufficient cover in areas with a lack of human activity and are known to travel long distances in search of food. Their main prey are deer, which they hunt by stalking. They also hunt elk and porcupines, as well as a variety of domestic animals, including pets. Lions will cover their kills with dirt and leaves and return every few days to feed on them.

If you encounter a mountain lion:
  • Most importantly, stay calm and do not run away
  • Give the lion a lot of room
  • Look as large as possible (open your jacket wide, place your arms over your head)
  • Move away slowly
Mountain Lions Laying Down in Between Rocks

Who to contact

Residents of Castle Rock and Douglas County should call the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region Service Center, 303-291-7227, if they see a mountain lion between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call your local Sheriff's Office or Police Department outside those hours.

Additional information

For more information, view Living with Wildlife in Lion Country.