Driver OK after hitting mountain lion

FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A local driver is okay after crashing into a mountain lion on a local road.

Photo: David Jones

It happened around 6:30 a.m. Friday in Fruita. The mountain lion was killed.

The driver was heading southbound on Highway 340 over the bridge, near Kingsview Road. We're told the mountain lion ran across the road, right in front of the car.

Video from the scene showed some damage to the front of the car. According to wildlife officials, the mountain lion was a full grown adult male.

Parks and wildlife say if you see a mountain lion, don't approach it, but don't run from it either.

“You know, mountain lions are active at dawn and dusk. It’s important that people keep their pets inside or keep their pets, especially at night, that they don’t feed their pets outside,” said Kirk Oldham, Area Wildlife Manager, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

We're told the driver was not hurt.


Photo: David Jones