LA JUNTA — A young mountain lion cub is headed for a new home at the Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehab.
The lion was recently captured outside La Junta by a Colorado Parks & Wildlife officer after it tried to attack a pet cat, the cub appeared to be slightly underweight and likely was separated from its mother. The rehab facility outside Wetmore often helps rescued animals across the state by taking them in and helping them regain optimal health so they can be released at a later date.
More #MountainLionMonday! This scrawny little lion was caught Saturday by @COParksWildlife officer Steve Keefer in La Junta where it attacked a pet cat. Keefer said the juvenile lion had gotten separated from its mother. Off to Tom & Cec Sanders at #WetMountainWildlifeRehab. pic.twitter.com/DY9CJbrKmk
— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) December 24, 2018
Last month wildlife officers rescued another lion cub who was picked up on the side of the road in La Veta and taken to a home in Walsenburg where it became ill from being fed human food, including bratwurst. CPW said that cub is now thriving at the Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehab.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds everyone to leave wildlife alone and always keep your distance, even though baby animals may appear alone or vulnerable, their parents are often nearby and when humans interrupt it disrupts their opportunity to grow up in their natural environment.