From The Lean-To: CU Mountain Lion

Oct 13, 2011
Outside Magazine

Mountain Lion

Ok, maybe I'm reporting about the mountain lion that was tranquilized on the University of Colorado campus because I'm an alumni. But come on, a mountain lion on a college campus is kind of amazing, right? (Yes, they come down into Boulder often, but rarely do you hear of them hanging out in a tree near the dorms.) All those parents worried about their kids drinking too much, doing drugs, having sex bla bla bla. But never do you send your kids off to college and think about the chances that a mountain lion would walk down from the foothills and take a nap outside the window where your kid is studying (drinking) history (Coors Light). More on the story if you read on, reader.

According to The Denver Post, a mountain lion was spotted by a campus staff member at 2pm yesterday, Wednesday, October 12th, outside of Kittridge Hall. Officers were called, and after setting up a perimiter around THE BEAST!, they shot with him a tranquilizer gun. Ten minutes later, the lion got woozy and fell on down.

The young male was around 1.5  years old and weighed about 110 to 120 pounds. He had adult teeth and appeared to be in healthy condition. And the fate of the animal you ask? Well, he'll be fitted with a collar, then released and tracked as part of the Front Range Mountain Lion Study.

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- Jeff Thrope is the founder and editor of Cold Splinters. For more ways to pretend you're sleeping under the stars instead of reading the Internet, visit and

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