Wildlife meeting Tuesday in Walden

WALDEN Colorado Wildlife Commissioner Tom Burke will host an open meeting from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to hear public input on a number of wildlife issues.

“This meeting provides an opportunity for the public to talk about wildlife issues that concern them, and find out whether or not such issues can be addressed by the commission,” Burke said in a prepared statement. “This is an open forum.”

The meeting will be held in the conference room of the U.S. Forest Service Building at 100 Main St. in Walden.

Man scuffles with mountain lion, hurt

COLORADO SPRINGS Mark Hurd, 46, of Colorado Springs was treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital on Jan. 7 after a confrontation with a mountain lion.

Hurd told the Colorado Division of Wildlife he went outside at about 9 p.m. to investigate a commotion in his backyard and saw an animal attacking his small dog.

Hurd mistook the mountain lion for a German shepherd attacking his Scottie and unknowingly jumped on the back of the animal to protect his dog.

A brief scuffle ensued before Hurd released his grip on the lion and the cat ran off. Hurd received stitches for cuts behind his ear.

DOW officers spent several hours tracking the lion but called off the search early Tuesday morning.

The DOW estimates there are between 2,000 and 3,000 mountain lions in the state.

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