According to Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW, formally Colorado Division of Wildlife) the deer populations are down in the area. Unfortunately that translates to these lions turning to other pray. So far the community has lost 2, 3 or maybe as many as 4 dogs to these lions.
One attack was early, 05:30 hours, where three dogs and two humans were out walking (a morning constitutional.) The lion took the older trailing dog.
Another attack was late, at 21:30 (9:30PM) at night. Another large dog was out, with it’s human around. The lion was difficult to scare off.
Here is what Colorado Parks & Wildlife say about living in Mountain Lion Country with the pets portions being:
Keep your pet under control. Roaming pets are easy prey and can attract lions. Bring pets in at night. If you leave your pet outside, keep it in a kennel with a secure top. Don’t feed pets outside; this can attract raccoons and other animals that are eaten by lions. Store all garbage securely.
Mountain Lion typically hunt at dawn, dusk and at night. The main lesson takeaway is to keep your pets safe at these times. Don’t let them roam, don’t let them out at these times unsupervised, and keep them close. If you are interested in some reading around this topic, this book is actually based in this area.
Now any Mountain Lion can be dangerous by itself, and they are typically solitary animals. That said, a mother Mountain Lion and her cubs travel and hunt together. What then when a mother has twins? Here are three lions photographed in Coal Creek Canyon recently: