Colorado wildlife officials are considering whether to recommend charges against a man who says he shot a mountain lion that was attacking a puppy.
The shooting happened at about 1:30 a.m. Friday in a home near Gross Reservoir west of Boulder.
Colorado Division of Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill says laws protect people and their safety and their livestock but the shooting of this mountain lion falls within a gray area because it's a dog.
The puppy, one of three chained outside was expected to survive.
Wildlife officials confiscated the mountain lion.
At least two other mountain lion attacks have been reported in the area in the past month, including the September 2nd death of a pet miniature horse named Bodacious in the Nederland area southwest of Boulder, and the death of a 60-pound Australian shepherd in Nederland on September 27th.