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Lion tracks prompt caution sign on Rio Grande Trail

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Warning signs will go up again to caution users of the Rio Grande Trail outside of Aspen about the potential presence of mountain lions.

Lion tracks have been spotted in the area recently, according to John Armstrong, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails ranger. He planned to consult with a wildlife officer and put the signs back in place.

Lion sightings on the trail below Stein Park occur from time to time, and a warning sign was put in place last winter.

“We really haven’t had the sightings that we had last year,” Armstrong said. But the tracks indicate at least one of the cats is prowling the area.

“I think (a sign) might not be a bad idea just to give people a heads-up,” he said.

Dogs are supposed to be leashed on the trail, but an unleashed dog could be targeted as prey by a lion, according to open space officials.

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