BROOKINGS – A mountain lion was reportedly seen near the 1100 block of Seventh Avenue South on Tuesday night in Brookings, the City of Brookings said Wednesday.
Officials learned of the sighting Wednesday morning around 8:30 a.m. after a local resident notified law enforcement that his personal surveillance camera captured the large cat walking through his back yard.
Brookings Animal Control and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks were also notified. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, officers had been in the area since daylight and had not seen a mountain lion.
These predators rarely approach humans, but it’s best to be prepared in case of an emergency.
To ensure that chances of conflict are minimized, residents are encouraged to be vigilant of their surroundings when engaged in outside activities. Parents should supervise the children when playing outside. Pet owners should keep their pets on leash when out walking, both in neighborhoods and on area trails.
Brookings Animal Control offers these tips:
Anyone observing a mountain lion or other wild animal in the area is asked to contact Brookings Police at 605-692-2113.