A system producing heavy snow in the central mountains arrives in SE Colorado overnight Sunday into Monday bringing moisture, windy conditions and colder temperatures. Snow showers will be possible across the I-25 corridor to start the day. This system will produce bands of snow through the day Monday. Areas under these bands will see periods of heavy snowfall which, with windy conditions, could create travel difficulties. Several inches of accumulation will be possible in areas where these bands develop. For more information click the ‘Weather’ tab...
It was just another hike in the Mount Evans Wilderness for Cary Leppert and Tieg, his Labradoodle last weekend. Until suddenly it wasn't.
“All of a sudden I hear a scream and instantaneously I knew it was mountain lion,” Leppert told sister station KCNC. “It was a roar--really loud like a scream. And in front of him I see Tieg darting through the trees and they were like within three feet of each other. He was just full of speed.”
Experts say sightings of the elusive animal are rare, so when Leppert saw the mountain lion crouch and stare right at him, he couldn't believe his eyes.
"The only thing on my mind is, 'I have to get the shot, I've got to get a picture,'" Leppert recalled.
Face to face with the mountain lion, Leppert and a friend snapped photo after photo and took video for more than 10 minutes. Though the mountain lion continued to hiss--perhaps to show its displeasure at its uninvited company--it never moved.
Leppert's close call didn't sink in until that night.
“It just really hit me, I was almost shaking on Sunday night thinking that I could have lost Tieg. Two feet and he would have been dead…I could have ran up there and gotten killed,” he said.
Experts say pets are easy prey for mountain lions, and advise owners to always keep their dog on a leash if their canine companion is joining them on a hike. Leppert says next time he and Tieg go hiking, he's keeping Tieg close to his side.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus