Mountain Lion sighted in North Heights
At around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, the Sheridan Police Department announced that a mountain lion had been sighted in the area of North Heights.
The announcement, posted on Facebook, stated that Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) as well as other law enforcement personnel were in the area attempting to locate it. Residents were advised to keep animals inside and call the police department if they spotted the animal.
Residents who had enrolled in the city’s Code Red alert system received a recorded call informing them of the sighting. Another call later the same evening reported there had been no further sightings and the search had been suspended due to nightfall.
According to Lt. Travis Koltiska, the mountain lion apparently left the area of its own volition after the area was flooded with activity.
As far as anecdotal reports of gunshots heard in the area, Koltiska said no officers fired firearms during that time frame.
Koltiska said the department often receives reports of mountain lion and black bear sightings, and all are taken seriously. The police department has killed three mountain lions within city limits over the last eight to ten years.