Garden City

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Garden City is well known for being one of the poorest towns in the Treasure Valley, but it also has some of the richest neighborhoods in the area.

The Idaho Statesman

Hay fields, vegetable gardens, and slot machines: There are several milestones that mark the timeline of tiny Garden City. This four mile burg, surrounded by much larger cities like Boise, has had a stop-and-start history.

The early history of Garden City is hard to come by. We do know the land caught the eye of the U.S. Army in 1863; Idaho historian Susan Stacy says that’s when soldiers came to the Treasure Valley to build Fort Boise. And with the Army came hungry horses.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Housing development on Garden City’s riverfront has picked up as the economy has improved.  The momentum is good for local tax rolls, but it also threatens adjacent areas that are home to low-cost housing. Experts say simply replacing that housing stock won't be easy, and that many residents could be displaced with few other housing options.  

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Idaho Fish and Game officers and Garden City police tracked down and killed a mountain lion in Garden City Thursday.  The animal was shot along the Boise River Greenbelt in the Riverside subdivision around 5:30 p.m.

An eyewitness says the cougar was under his front porch. It ran from that location and the chase began.  Police, conservation officers and a houndsman tracked the animal through backyards and common areas in the subdivision.  They say they were hoping to tree the animal, tranquilize it and then move it to another location.

Mountain Lion Hunt Fails, Traps Will Be Set

Oct 26, 2012
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The hunt for a mountain lion in Garden City this morning ended unsuccessfully. Idaho Fish and Game led the hunt. Officials searched for the animal along both sides of the Boise River from Eagle Road to Les Bois Park. Hound dogs were used to get the scent of the lion, but no sign of the animal was traced.

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A pet dog was injured after an attack by a mountain lion.  The attack occurred in Garden City’s Meadowcreek subdivision Thursday night. 

No one was home at the time of the attack.  The cougar jumped a six foot high fence and attacked the dog.  Two other dogs in the yard were not hurt.

An Urban Wildlife Specialist, Eric Hansen, with USDA Wildlife Services, examined the dog and confirmed its wounds were caused by a mountain lion.

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The 4th of July week is a busy time for fireworks retailers and firefighters.  But the day after the holiday is the busiest day of the year for the Idaho Humane Society, when it comes to stray animals.  Loud noises, smoke, and confusion can send pets running far from home. 

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