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Mountain Lion Watches Man Through Window In Sunvalley Idaho

Mountain Lion Footage: @chrissyfield16

A video circulating on social media captures a remarkable moment when a mountain lion visits a home in Sun Valley, Idaho. The Instagram video, shared by user @chrissyfield16, shows a mountain lion approaching a house that backs up to snowy wilderness, featuring several full-length glass windows.

The Encounter

Mountain Lion Footage: @chrissyfield16

In the video, a man’s voice narrates as the mountain lion comes close to his home. The man can be seen approaching the glass windows from inside the house, and the mountain lion, on the other side of the glass, pauses and makes direct eye contact. After a few moments, the majestic feline turns and walks leisurely around the corner of the house and out of view.

The man remarks, “Well look who’s back this morning, just standing in the backyard… he’s looking in the house, though. Phew, that’s a big cat. He is very unconcerned about us.”


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Social Media Reaction

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The video has garnered attention on social media, with many viewers fascinated by the close encounter. In the caption, @chrissyfield16 humorously writes, “Trying to come up with a name for our new outdoor kitty. Any suggestions?”


About Mountain Lions in Idaho

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The Mountain Lion. Image by Zach Key via Unsplash

Based on the #sunvalley hashtag, it is presumed that this encounter took place in Sun Valley, Idaho. Mountain lions, also known as cougars or pumas, are the largest wild cats in Idaho and the state’s top predators. These animals are typically elusive and avoid human interaction, making this calm, close encounter particularly noteworthy.

Understanding Mountain Lion Behavior

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As the man noted in his voiceover, the cougar didn’t seem too ruffled by a human’s presence through the windows. Mountain lions are known for their stealth and usually prefer to remain out of sight. However, they can sometimes be spotted in residential areas, especially those close to natural habitats.

What to Do if You Encounter a Mountain Lion

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While this video shows a peaceful encounter, it’s important to know how to stay safe if you come face-to-face with a mountain lion:

  • Do not approach: Give the mountain lion plenty of space.
  • Stay calm: Do not run; this could trigger a predatory response.
  • Appear larger: Stand tall, wave your arms, and speak firmly.
  • Back away slowly: Maintain eye contact and slowly create distance between you and the lion.

What are mountain lions?

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Mountain lions, also known as cougars or pumas, are large, powerful cats native to the Americas. They are known for their agility, strength, and elusive nature.

Where can mountain lions be found?

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Mountain lions are found across a wide range in the Americas, from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes in South America. In the United States, they are primarily located in the western states, including Idaho.

How large do mountain lions get?

Mountain Lion on Rock. Image created by Chris Weber with Midjounrey.
Mountain Lion on Rock. Image created by Chris Weber with Midjounrey.

Adult mountain lions typically weigh between 65 to 220 pounds. Males are generally larger than females, with males averaging around 140 pounds and females around 90 pounds.

What do mountain lions eat?

Mountain Lion on Tree. Image created by Chris Weber with Midjounrey.
Mountain lion on tree. Image created by Chris Weber with Midjounrey.

Mountain lions are carnivorous predators that primarily hunt deer. They also prey on smaller animals such as coyotes, raccoons, and small mammals.

How fast can mountain lions run?

Baby mountain lion. Image via depositphotos.

Mountain lions are incredibly fast and can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour in short bursts when chasing prey.

Are mountain lions solitary animals?

Portrait of a cougar, mountain lion, puma, panther, striking a pose on a fallen tree, Winter scene in the woods, wildlife America. Image via Depositphotos

Yes, mountain lions are solitary and territorial animals. They usually come together only for mating or when a mother is raising her cubs.

How do mountain lions communicate?

Mountain Lion sits on a rocky outcrop

Mountain lions communicate through vocalizations such as screams, growls, and purrs, as well as through scent markings and physical signs like scratch marks on trees.

How long do mountain lions live?


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In the wild, mountain lions typically live about 8 to 13 years. In captivity, they can live up to 20 years.

How do mountain lions hunt?

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Mountain lions are ambush predators. They use stealth and their excellent sense of sight and hearing to stalk their prey, then pounce with a powerful leap.

What habitats do mountain lions prefer?

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Mountain Lion sits on a rocky outcrop

Mountain lions are highly adaptable and can live in various habitats, including forests, deserts, and mountainous regions. They prefer areas with dense underbrush and rocky terrain for stalking prey.

Are mountain lions dangerous to humans?

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Mountain lion. Image via deposit photos.

Mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare. They generally avoid human contact. However, when they do occur, attacks can be dangerous due to the lion’s size and strength.

How can you stay safe in mountain lion territory?

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To stay safe, avoid hiking alone, make noise to alert wildlife of your presence, keep children and pets close, and be alert to your surroundings. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, make yourself look larger and back away slowly.

What are the signs of mountain lion presence?

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A mountain lion. Image via depositphotos.

Signs of mountain lion presence include tracks, which resemble large cat prints, scat (droppings), and scratch marks on trees or logs used to mark territory.

How do mountain lions reproduce?

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Cougar lion on grass in texas park. Image via Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Mountain lions mate year-round, but there is a peak in late winter and early spring. After a gestation period of about 90 days, a female will give birth to a litter of 1 to 6 kittens.

What threats do mountain lions face?

Mountain lions face threats from habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and hunting. Conservation efforts are crucial to maintaining healthy populations.

How are mountain lions important to the ecosystem?

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As apex predators, mountain lions play a critical role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems by controlling the populations of prey species and thus supporting biodiversity.


Beautiful Adult Mountain Lion close-up portrait. Image via Depositphotos.

This unexpected visit from a mountain lion serves as a reminder of the wild beauty that exists right outside our windows, especially in regions like Sun Valley. While it’s a fascinating sight to see such a powerful creature up close, always remember to respect wildlife and maintain a safe distance.

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