A wandering mountain lion near the town of Cody, Wyoming has generated an unexpected response on the part of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD).
Early last week reports started coming in about a mountain lion seen in the river corridor below West Park Hospital in the small community located east of Yellowstone National Park. Though state wildlife officials didn't find any physical evidence of the animal they accepted the accounts as being credible and cautioned the public to stay alert.
While discussing the situation, WGFD predator specialist Mark Bruscino stated that "if it's just passing through, we'll let it pass through." If not, then they will attempt to trap and relocate the animal.
This promise of agency restraint appears to be a new direction for the Department and hopefully signals a change in attitude towards this apex predator.
In the meantime, the warning signs are up, and WGFD is recommending against hiking alone in the area.