Critters caught on cam in Boise family's backyard

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Over the last few weeks, rumors and reports of mountain lions right here in the Treasure Valley have sparked alarm among some residents. While none have been confirmed, critter cams right here in Boise are spotting plenty of other wildlife.

And one of those images have some folks saying, whoah! How often do you see a bobcat staring down a coyote in the middle of the night?

"Amazing!" Sarah Thomas, wrote on the KBOI Facebook page after seeing the photo.

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When Lisa Schlacter and her family moved into their home in southeast Boise, they were expecting to find a peaceful environment along the river. Instead, they found they shared a backyard with a lot of nosy and unsuspecting neighbors.

"We're seen raccoons when we take the dogs out sometimes, a skunk once," Schlacter said. "We brought our dogs back in really quickly. Coyotes, foxes, a lot of deer."

That's not all. The Schlacter's have also seen herons, river otters, beavers, and owlsall in their backyard.

Fish & Game said areas that are close to the river or other water sources are a magnet for animals searching for food. Where there's water, you'll find critters.

"The river is a natural habitat corridor," Fish & Game spokesman Mike Keckler said. "They travel up and down the river like we travel up and down the connector."

When things get dry, Keckler said animals will sometimes follow the river right into town. That's something Lori Tacher has seen for herself.

"It was evening but not dark, and there were three coyotes, big coyotes right off of the road," Tacher said.

Tacher lives just off of Federal Way. She's shocked to see these predators by her house, especially during the day.

"I know that they are getting more aggressive," Tacher said. "That bothers me it does make me worry."

Fish & Game says you always need to be aware of your surroundings, but that it's all part of the circle of life. Where you find prey, you'll find predators. Even if it's in the city limits.

"These are natural habitats" Keckler said. Even though we're here a lot of animals will choose to stay here too."

Even after years of living in the crossroads, Schlacter said that's one of the beautiful things about Boise.

"You just watch and when you're lucky enough to see something, you feel very fortunate to be able to live here," Schlacter said.