Mancos is home to wild cats. Bobcats and Mountain Lions are both common, although extremely elusive. Both have been seen by staff, but never photographed. The park also has a small population of Feral Cats (wild housecats) that are frequently seen on the north side of the reservoir.
Mountain Lions have never been involved in a conflict with people or pets at Mancos State Park. In fact, most people go their whole lives without seeing a Mountain Lion due to the animal’s solitary nature. However, if you do see one . . .
Stay Calm - Try not to panic; Talk calmly and firmly to it. Move slowly.
Stop or Back Away - Running may trigger a lion’s instinct to chase or attack. Pick up small children to prevent them from panicking and running away.
Appear Larger - Raise your arms, open your jacket or shirt. Stand upright and face the lion.
Fight Back - Most people who have been attacked by a lion have successfully fought them off. Once it knows you’re not easy prey, it will likely run away.