A mountain lion was seen in Bismarck; police seek for animals | Native information for Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota

The wildlife authorities within the state have confirmed {that a} mountain lion has been seen in a residential space within the heart of Bismarck and the police are searching for the animal.

A house safety digital camera captured a video of the animal round 5 a.m. Thursday morning, in response to Stephanie Tucker, a fur biologist on the North Dakota Wildlife and Fisheries Division. The house was within the 1000 block of North First Avenue.

“I’d say it was both a younger male or feminine – that may put it on the stage of a bit lion,” she stated.

Bismarck police led the investigation. 4 cops, together with an animal inspector, had been trying to find the lion within the 1000 block of North Fourth Avenue after seeing it at about 12:30 on Friday, stated Luke Gardiner.

Tucker stated residents must be vigilant however not apprehensive, as mountain lions are likely to keep away from folks.

“Mountain lions have by no means been attacked in North Dakota,” she stated. “That doesn’t imply it cannot occur.”

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She provided this recommendation to anybody who is available in direct contact with lions: “Make your self massive (by elevating your arms), scream, slowly draw back.

It’s inconceivable to say the place the lion may go.

“Mountain lions typically enter cities in North Dakota and different states. This isn’t uncommon,” Tucker stated. “I am certain it is making an attempt to get out of the predicament it acquired into. It took a improper flip and got here into city.”

It’s attainable that the lion is searching for a brand new space. Mountain lions can have particles all yr spherical, however there may be normally a beginning price in July and August, “so it could make sense that they might expel final yr’s particles out right now of yr,” Tucker stated.

The final recognized mountain lion within the Bismarck metropolis limits was in January 2019. Police shot and killed the male close to the Municipal Ballpark to eradicate all hazard to the general public. Police additionally shot a male lion behind the previous Dwelling Depot constructing in northern Bismarck in November 2009.

Sport and Fish is not going to transfer lions from metropolis limits, in response to Tucker. If the lion was noticed on Thursday once more and is believed to be a safety threat by the police, “in the long run that lion shall be killed,” she stated.

(Reporter Alex Kautzman contributed to this story.)

Contact Blake Nicholson’s Information Editor at 701-250-8266 or blake.nicholson@bismarcktribune.com.

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