Mountain lion sighting in Red Butte Canyon

Mountain lion sighting in Red Butte Canyon

[Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 | 1:02 pm]

Mountain lion spotted in Red Butte Canyon around 11:30 a.m. Use caution in the area. More at: https://safety.utah.edu/campus-alerts/

Around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, a mountain lion was spotted in Red Butte Canyon, about 500-700 feet past the second gate and about 50-100 feet off the dirt trail. The animal was near the creek and the fence and was not seen acting aggressively.

Because this area is often used for hiking and dog walking, it is important that visitors be extra cautious and aware of their surroundings or avoid the area altogether.

The following safety tips for hikers are relevant any time of year.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions. Try to avoid isolated or dark areas. Hike in groups whenever you can—there is safety in numbers.
  • Pay attention to the trail and where you step.
  • Do not venture off designated trails.
  • Use GPS or physical maps to help you know where you’re going and how to leave.