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Mountain Lion reported in Chubbuck neighborhood

Chubbuck Police are investigating a report of a mountain lion in the area of Chateau Street.

Officers notified the Pocatello school district and were watching school bus stops to ensure that students got on board safely.

Idaho Fish and Game Department officials were notified.

The reported animal was only seen by one person.

Police and Fish and Game Officials advise the incident is a reminder that we all live in an area where wildlife occasionally wanders into human territory.

Though encounters between people and mountain lions are rare, there are some points to keep in mind if you do encounter a mountain lion.

Do not run. If you are with children, pick them up without bending over. Do not turn your back on the lion, crouch down, or try to hide. Remain facing the lion and slowly back away. Leave the animal an escape route. Try to appear as large as possible–stand on a rock or stump, hold up your arms, stand next to others. Shout, wave your arms, and throw objects if the lion does not leave the area. Carry bear spray. If the mountain lion charges, use it! Fight back if a mountain lion attacks. Stay on your feet and use sticks, rocks, backpack, hands to fight back. Never approach a mountain lion or offer it food.

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