Southeast Boise homeowner spots mountain lion in neighborhood

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Someone spotted a mountain lion in the Surprise Valley subdivision, according to a "mountain lion alert" issued by the homeowners association Sunday.

"You know, it's a little concerning," said Trisha Stevens Lamb, who lives in Surprise Valley. "We've got kids that are getting off the bus and walking through, but really, I think, when you live so close to nature, it comes with the territory."

Lamb's house cat went missing in May.

"We don't know if she was sick or she just kind of disappeared," Lamb said, "but it was about the same time as the last mountain lion sighting in our neighborhood, so I was a little suspicious of that."

Dee Conrad, who lives nearby, said she wasn't fazed by the alert and people in that area are used to them.

She remembers a close call a neighbor had just three doors down.

"She opened the sliding door to let (her dog) in," Conrad said, "and the mountain lion was right after him, and she let the dog in and kept the mountain lion out."

Conrad said with the canal drying up now, big cats and other animals have an easier time crossing right into backyards.