LEANDER (KXAN) — The Leander Police Department and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are responding Tuesday evening to an overnight mountain lion sighting.
According to the Leander PD, a mountain lion was caught by an outdoor camera roaming through the Mason Hills subdivision last night.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offered several guidelines on mountain lion sightings or encounters:
- Do not approach a mountain lion to get a better view or picture. These animals are often just passing through, and sightings of mountain lions have occurred in all 254 Texas counties. Their roaming areas can sometimes reach over 50 miles.
- Keep your pets indoors from dusk to dawn, and remove any food sources that may attract wildlife. Mountain lions, also known as pumas, cougars and panthers, can weigh up to 170 pounds and are most active in the mornings and evenings.
- If you encounter a mountain lion, stay calm and slowly back away while maintaining eye contact. If a mountain lion displays aggressive behavior, be sure to report it to Texas Parks & Wildlife.