Trail closed due to mountain lion activity

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Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – We all know how great it is to hike the National Monument, but now 8 miles of trail has been closed due to mountain lion activity.

Monument officials say fresh lion tracks have been spotted several days in a row, so as a precaution they have shutdown the Black Ridge trail until further notice. Even though officials with the Department of Wildlife say mountain lions are not new to the area it still has some hikers surprised.

"I used to live in California and so I used to be hiking in places where they said to watch out for mountain lions, here I was thinking maybe rattle snakes, but I didn't hear about mountain lions here,” says Patty Wilson, who loves to hike.

Officials say not to confront a lion if you happen to see one. Remember the land is their home as well. It is safer to hike in groups and during the daylight hours because mountain lions are nocturnal animals.