For the second time in less than two weeks, another mountain lion made its way into Sheridan's city limits. On April 27th, a 2-year-old male cat was tranquilized in a tree near Sheridan College and transported to the Big Horn Mountains.
Yesterday, it was a different story. A report came in at about 7:30 Sunday morning that a lion had been spotted. A Game and Fish officer responded and could only find tracks. However, a second report came in about 6:30 Sunday evening from the 800 block of Emerson. Wyoming Game & Fish Wildlife Management Coordinator Lynn Jahnke.
The police officer killed the lion in one shot. Jahnke estimates the mountain lion – which is different than the one transported in April – to be about two years old, and weighing 110 pounds.
It's never easy to make the decision to kill an animal, but Jahnke tells us.
Jahnke says that having the mountain lions in town is fairly uncommon, and that both cats were most likely out looking for a territory.
Jahnke indicates that they will use the lion's hide as part of their Hunter Education program.