JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Deer Creek Canyon Park is closed Saturday morning due to reports of “aggressive mountain lion behavior,” according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).
The park is part of Jefferson County Open Space. It is located west of C-470 in the far southwest portion of the metro area.
According to CPW spokesperson Jason Clay, the situation is being investigated alongside JeffCo Open Space officials.
“We made the call to err on the side of safety to close the park down and get our wildlife officers in here to comb over the area to see what they are seeing,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Jason Clay said.
Clay tells FOX31 a report of an unusual mountain lion sighting first came in two weeks ago.
“Then last night, a similar deal, an encounter with a mountain lion on the trail and that mountain lion didn’t want to run off,” Clay said.
Clay says mountain lions are spotted all the time, but they typically run away from people.
“It is something that made us think enough to say ‘let’s close it down and take a look to make sure it’s an area that’s going to be safe for a very popular park where people want to come out to enjoy the outdoors,’” he said.
JeffCo Open Space said access to Black Bear Trail from Hildebrand Ranch Park is also closed until further notice.
There is currently no estimated time for the park reopening.
This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.