Wildlife and law enforcement officials have confirmed a mountain lion has been spotted in west Jackson.
Now they're working to protect the public from it.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the first report of the mountain lion came early Monday, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials have since found evidence of it. Officials hope to trap and relocate it.
Until then, the pathway along Flat Creek between the bridge at South Highway 89 and the intersection with Gregory Lane has been closed as a precaution.
Jackson police were stationed at the pathway and escorting schoolchildren through the area Wednesday.
Wildlife officials say that if people encounter a cougar, they should back away slowly but fight back if it attacks.
Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com