Roaming Like a Mountain Lion

Part One: Presentation/Discussion – Learning How Mountain Lions Navigate a Landscape

Join local wildlife conservationist and advocate David Neils for a presentation Friday night where he will share A-Z how he learns about mountain lion activity on new ground, looking at key factors you can use every time you are off the pavement. This will be a lively presentation and discussion. This is for anyone who enjoys wild places and simply wants to have a richer experience. Adopting the mindset and eyes of a mountain lion is one way to achieve this.

Presenter: David Neils, Wildlife Conservationist,

When: Friday, May 11, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: High Plains Environmental Center, 2698 Bluestem Willow Drive, Loveland, CO 80538

What: Learn A-Z how David Neils captures mountain lion footage weekly based on a number of key factors that you can enjoy every time you step off the pavement.

Cost: $25 for adults; $5 for children (up to 18 yrs. of age)

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Directions to HPEC:

From the South: From US-34 W turn North onto Boyd Lake Ave. At the first traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Boyd Lake Ave. At the second traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Long Pine Lake Dr. Take this road until the third and final roundabout and take the second exit. HPEC will be on your right.

From the North: Head South onto Boyd Lake Ave. Once you pass E 37th St, we are the next road. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Long Pine Lake Dr. At the next roundabout take the second exit. HPEC will be on your right.

Part Two: Moderate-Difficult Hike, LIMIT : 25 PEOPLE

Please let us know if you are interested in the hike when you register for the presentation. If you are interested but didn’t get a spot, please email to be contacted about a future guided hike.

Join David Neils and up to 25 others on a guided hike at Red Mountain Open Space, located north of Fort Collins on Taft Avenue to the roundabout for Owl Canyon. Follow the signs from there to Red Mountain Open Space. Learn about the predators that call this place home, including mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, black bear, and fox. We will put into practice what was presented on Friday night and check wildlife cameras for a real-life look at some of these predators. This moderate hike is is 8 miles round-trip. Participants should be prepared for a 3/4 day outing: dress appropriately for the weather, wear good hiking footwear, and bring plenty of water as well as lunch for eating on the trail. Those attending the Friday night presentation are encouraged to go on the hike as everything covered Friday night will be shared in the field on Saturday. We will be hiking a different route than we did last May.

Here’s an example of the mountain lion footage captured from this area:

Hike Leader: David Neils, Wildlife Conservationist,

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Time: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Where: Red Mountain Open Space

What: Learn about how predators, beginning with mountain lions, use the landscape and how to increase your odds of seeing them.

Cost: FREE

Hike Registration Link:

Visit for information and directions. We’ll meet at the parking lot by 8:45. The hike will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. through Bent Rock Canyon.