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Mountain lion captured in Logan after it ran through residents’ yards

Feb 13, 2024, 6:49 PM | Updated: Feb 14, 2024, 6:11 pm

LOGAN — There were scary moments for Logan residents on Tuesday, as a mountain lion ran through several front and back yards before being caught by wildlife officials.

The Logan City Police Department said the mountain lion was first spotted near the Logan City Cemetery at approximately 6:40 a.m.

Police say an officer spotted the lion as it headed toward Utah State University student housing and Aggie Village, prompting campus police to issue a warning over the Aggie Safe app. Hillcrest Elementary School was also alerted as a precaution.

The safety alert sent to the Aggie Alert app.

The safety alert sent to the Aggie Alert app. (Brian Champagne)

The lion left the campus and moved into a neighborhood on 1640 E. 1400 North. Resident Boyd Crookston said he called 911 as the mountain lion was spotted in his backyard.

“I walked into my house, and I looked on the deck, and the cat was sitting right there,” Crookston said.

The mountain lion on Crookston's back porch.

The mountain lion on Crookston’s back porch. (Courtesy: Boyd Crookston)

It was after Crookston called police that first responders were approaching Elise Anderson’s home. Anderson said she noticed the large group of Logan police and Utah Division of Wildlife Resource officers congregating around her house and she got her husband.

“So I was sitting in a work meeting, and my wife comes freaking out saying, ‘Hey, they’re a bunch of cops and DWR agents in our front yard,'” said Dane Anderson, Elise’s husband.

Dane Anderson said he walked outside and officers asked him to go back inside since there was a mountain lion in the couple’s backyard.

“And sure enough, me and my wife went and looked out the window and there is a massive, probably 120-pound cougar laying in the backyard, perched up,” he said.

The mountain lion in the backyard of the Anderson's

The mountain lion in the backyard of the Andersons. (Courtesy: Dane Anderson)

Sam Robertson, a wildlife district biologist for Cache and Ogden units, said officers were able to corner the mountain lion and got it tranquilized.

“You know, you’re dealing with a wild animal. They can go all kinds of directions, do all kinds of things,” Roberston said. “Luckily, we were able to get it in a place where it held tight and we were able to get a dart in it.”

DWR and Logan police officers carrying out the mountain lion from the Anderson's yard.

DWR and Logan police officers carry out the mountain lion from the Andersons’ yard. (Brian Champagne)

It’s an experience the Andersons won’t forget anytime soon.

“I mean, the mountain lion part of it was scary. But I would say the scariest part is when you have 30 cops showing up surrounding your house and you have no idea what for,” Dane Anderson said.

“I thought (the officers) handled it really well. I thought everybody was staying calm and they took care of it really smoothly, so I didn’t have to have panic inside,” Elise Anderson said.

Robertson said the lion probably came down to the cemetery to search for roaming deer. Wildlife officials will perform a health assignment on the lion before deciding to release it back into the wild.

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Mountain lion captured in Logan after it ran through residents’ yards