Soda Creek students: Mountain lion education |

Soda Creek students: Mountain lion education

Dear Editor,  

Our first- and fourth-grade classes have been working together on a Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Community Mapping project. Our classes have worked hard to help educate students and the community about mountain lions.

In addition to this letter, our classes have created websites, i-Movies and posters that will educate the people of Steamboat Springs about lions. The posters are being funded by a Challenge Grant that was awarded to the first- and fourth-grade classes.

Do you like to hike in the mountains or in the forests? Well, then be sure to keep your dogs on a leash, don’t hike alone and stay on the trail. You don’t want to surprise mountain lions so give them a shout out once in awhile.

Whether you are hiking or biking, if you encounter a lion, don’t panic. Back away slowly, look big and fight if necessary. Whatever you do don’t run, because the mountain lion may think you’re its prey, and it will chase you.

Now you know what to do if you ever cross paths with a mountain lion and how to prevent trouble.

Finally, lots of people in Steamboat have pets, and they have to keep them safe. Just before sunset be sure to have pets safely inside the house because lions hunt during the evening hours.

By following these simple safety rules, people, pets and the lions themselves will be better protected.


Gigi Lobeck

Myles Sloan

Carter Kopischke

Cheyenne Williams

Soda Creek Elementary School, first and fourth grades

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