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Another lion sighting reported on Rio Grande Trail

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Another sighting of a mountain lion along the Rio Grande Trail outside of Aspen was reported this week.

A woman said she saw a lion from the trail at mid-morning Tuesday, according to John Armstrong, open space and trails ranger. The cat was spotted in the vicinity of the connecting link from the Rio Grande to the Aspen Business Center.

Last month, a jogger spied a lion and two cubs on the trail below Slaughterhouse Bridge.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has warned trail users to be cautious and keep dogs leashed, as is required on the trail.

“We don’t want people to be paranoid, but we do want them to be aware,” Armstrong said.

An individual who encounters a mountain lion should stop and make themselves “look big” – raise your arms or a backpack above your head, DOW wildlife officer Kevin Wright advised. “Slowly back away. Never run from a lion,” he said.

Lions are generally most active in the early morning and at dusk, according to Wright.

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