Officials still investigating Steamboat mountain lion death |

Officials still investigating Steamboat mountain lion death

Mountain lion found June 5 on the Morning Gloria trail on Emerald Mountain.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife/courtesy

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The cause of sickness is still pending for a mountain lion found June 5 on Emerald Mountain.

A mountain biker was on the Morning Gloria trail when he discovered the animal, which was partially on the trail and still breathing but unresponsive to stimuli. It was later euthanized.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife area wildlife manager Kris Middledorf said rabies has been ruled out. Officials think the wound found on the back of the animal was old and likely did not contribute to its near-death condition.

More tests are being performed on the female mountain lion, which was estimated to be about 2 years old.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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