Craig briefs: Eagle Lake Camp in Craig starting Monday

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The Journey at First Baptist will host Eagle Lake Camp for local children Monday to Friday at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

This is the second year Eagle Lake has brought its itinerary to Craig, providing a variety of physical and spiritual activities for ages 7 to 12. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. as campers engage in numerous fun events.

Campers should be prepared to bring a backpack, a bathing suit, a towel, tennis shoes, sunscreen, a water bottle, a lunch and a copy of the Bible.

“It was a great experience for all the kids last year, and we hope this year is just as good,” said local organizer Laurie Fraher.

There is still space for families to enroll their kids in the program.

For more information on registration and costs, visit www.eaglelakecamps.com/thejourney or call 719-265-7037.

Beware of mountain lions at monument

Staff at Dinosaur National Monument are reminding visitors that they are visiting lion mountain country when traveling in the monument, especially in the backcountry and along the river canyons, according to a press release. 

On July 22, fresh evidence of an animal killed by a mountain lion was found in the Echo Park area. Signs of the kill included paw prints, blood, fur and drag marks from the mountain lion moving an animal from a meadow south of a restroom, across a road, and into the brush along the Green River. A 72-hour closure was placed on the area immediately around the kill site to minimize disturbance of the mountain lion as it feeds. The closure has now been lifted. Prior to this event, a visitor on a rafting trip on the Green River noticed a mountain lion watching him from a ledge above the Rippling Brook campsite.

Visitors are reminded that although mountain lions, also known as cougars, are rare to see, all of Dinosaur National Monument is suitable habitat. Visitors should take appropriate precautions when recreating within the monument.

“As the higher elevation areas in the monument dry out, deer and elk will move to the river corridors to find better forage. Mountain lions will follow these animals since they are the lions preferred food source,” Chief of Resource Management Wayne Prokopetz said in a statement.

Hikers, boaters, and campers are encouraged to be alert for their presence and report mountain lion sightings as soon as possible at a visitor center or ranger station. Visitors should remember the following safety tips:

To prevent an encounter:

■ Don’t hike or jog alone

■ Keep children within sight and close to you

■ Avoid dead animals

■ Keep a clean camp

■ Leave pets at home

■ Be alert to your surroundings

■ Use a walking stick

If you meet a mountain lion:

■ Don’t run, as this may trigger a cougar’s attack instinct

■ Stand and face it

■ Pick up children

■ Appear large, wave arms or jacket over your head

■ Do not approach, back away slowly

■ Keep eye contact 

If you encounter a mountain lion and it acts aggressive:

■ Do not turn your back or take your eyes off it

■ Remain standing

■ Throw things

■ Shout loudly

■ Fight back aggressively

In addition to mountain lions, other wildlife, such as deer, elk, black bear and bighorn sheep, are prevalent in the monument. Please be alert for animals crossing the roads – particularly at dawn and dusk. Never approach or feed any animals in the monument.

For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call 435-781-7700. You can also visit www.nps.gov/dino, or follow DinosaurNPS on Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr.

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