It was a mountain lion sauntering down the road toward him, and it was unconcerned about the parked truck.
Howe told Sorenson, “My God, it’s a mountain lion,” and Sorenson told him to disconnect and call him back.
Howe used his phone's video mode to record the moment.
During his 11 years working as a conservation officer, Howe has seen mountain lions treed by hunters and nuisance cats caught in traps, “but that’s the first one I’ve seen just roaming,” he said.
Mountain lions are typically shy, reclusive and often go unnoticed, but they’re found throughout Idaho, says Roger Phillips, department spokesman in Boise.
“I don’t expect that to happen again," Howe said. "It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” he said.