Mountain lion program discusses issues

By Rocky Mountain News

The attack of a mountain lion on a youngster west of Boulder last weekend has focused attention on issues concerning the big cats in Colorado.

The youngster was walking with his father when a lion bolted out and grabbed him by the jaw.

The group with him fought the animal off and the boy’s injuries were not fatal.

A program to present the science and concerns about lions will be held at 7 p.m. May 2 in Phipps IMAX Theater, 2001 Colorado Blvd.

There will be a discussion of how dangerous these animals are, the facts and fiction surrounding them, how they are perceived by the public and how accurate they are.

Moderated by Joe Verrengia, assistant director of museum programs, one panel of scientists and resource managers includes Ken Logan, carnivore researcher for the state Division of Wildlife; Jerry Apker, the division’s carnivore management specialist; Todd Malmsbury, natural resource issues communicator, and Harley Shaw, retired wildlife research biologist.

A second panel includes Wendy Keefover-Ring, an environmentalist with Sinapu; Tom Mikesell, an outfitter with the Colorado Outfitters Association; and Marty Forster, a rancher and member of the Colorado Woolgrowers Association.

The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Reservations are encouraged and can be made at 303-322-7009 or 800-925-2250.

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