Part of the reason people live in our corner of the world is to be close to nature, steps away from the outdoors, but for families in Sandpoint nature - or rather a cougar - is getting a little too close for comfort.
The latest cougar sighting was on Lower Syringa Road, not the the most populated part of Sandpoint, but was near a bus stop where children frequent, so the sighting isn't sitting well with residents.
"Obviously they're predators, with little kids like this it's very intimidating and scares us to know they're in our yard," Darin Gruber said.
At the Gruber family home outside is play time but that's changed since they found out a cougar has been lurking around.
"I don't let them get more than a few feet away from me at all," Gruber said.
Gruber didn't report the cougar sighting on Saturday but did have an encounter of his own that very same night.
"I came out about 9:30 to close up the car and had a funny feeling I was being watched," he said.
A quick flick to turn on his flashlight to see what was up the hill and, "Low and behold there was a pair of yellow eyes staring me down," Gruber said.