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Homeowner finds three lions in yard

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By Vicky Gits

A homeowner and experienced hunter on Bergen View Trail woke up New Year’s Eve morning about 7 a.m. and spotted three, never-before-tagged young mountain lions on his property.

One was trapped in the chicken coop behind his house, and another one was stalking around the front of the house. A third lion was keeping track of the one in the cage.

Justin Jones lives in the last house on Bergen View Trail, about 3 miles west of Evergreen Lake on Upper Bear Creek Road. His house is at about 9,000 feet at the top of a steep slope accessed by a dirt road with many switchbacks.

“I like it that way,” Jones said. “I like waking up and seeing mountain lions. That’s Colorado living.”

For the full version of this story, check out the Jan. 7 print edition of the Courier.