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Animal reports — moose, deer and a mountain lion — continue in Park City

Tourists seen attempting to take pictures as police respond to series of sightings

Mikel Archibeque, a Park City police officer, tracks a moose close to a condominium complex along Park Avenue on Saturday. State wildlife officials relocated the moose and another one nearby to an unpopulated area in Utah County There has been a series of wildlife sightings in Park City in recent weeks.

The Park City Police Department last week continued to field reports about wildlife sightings, including a mountain lion that was seen on the edge of Park Meadows.

The report involving a mountain lion followed earlier cases involving one of the animals in Park Meadows. The case last week was reported on Feb. 8. The Police Department said a mountain lion was seen in the vicinity of Meadows Drive and Mountain Top Lane, a small street toward the northern reaches of the neighborhood. It is close to a large swath of open space.

The mountain lion had left by the time the police arrived. The Police Department in an online posting said the officers found tracks, however. The police also said construction crews told officers they saw the mountain lion over the course of several days. The Police Department contacted state wildlife officials to monitor the area. Public police logs, meanwhile, said the mountain lion was in a backyard.

The report in the vicinity of Meadows Drive and Mountain Top Lane was logged shortly after a mountain lion was sighted in a heavily populated part of Park Meadows, along Crestline Drive close to the American Saddler Drive intersection. It was seen walking across a street, the police were told. Tracks that appeared to be those of a mountain lion were also seen.

State wildlife officials have said mountain lions followed prey animals to lower elevations around New Year's as snowstorms pummeled the region. The prey animals moved down in search of vegetation. The Police Department has also received a series of calls about other wildlife sightings at about the time of the mountain lion reports. City Hall has requested people take food and garbage inside and keep pets inside as well.

The Police Department last week, meanwhile, logged other wildlife reports, including moose sightings.

Some of the cases last week included:

  • on Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m., two moose were seen somewhere along Park Avenue. The police indicated tourists were attempting to take pictures of the animals. Drivers were apparently parking on Park Avenue, hindering traffic, the police said.
  • on Thursday, Feb. 9. At 4:49 p.m., the police received at least three calls about moose along Park Avenue close to the Deer Valley Drive intersection. The animals were next to a sidewalk at that point, the police were told.
  • on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 8:59 p.m., a moose was seen on Park Avenue. Public police logs did not provide details.
  • on Monday, Feb. 6 at 4:32 p.m., state wildlife officials contacted the police about a deer that was seen in a backyard on Meadows Drive. It was not clear from public police logs whether the deer was injured or dead.

    There were several unspecified wildlife issues reported to the Police Department last week as well.

    Deer, moose and elk are plentiful in the Park City area, and the police occasionally receive reports of sightings. It is rare, though, for there to be so many cases over the course of just a few weeks. Mountain lion sightings inside Park City are also rare.