Mountain lion spotted on outdoor home security camera in Leander
A mountain lion was spotted on an outdoor home security camera in Leander late Monday night.
Leander Police say the lion was seen roaming through the Mason Hills subdivision, near Crystal Falls Parkway.
Phil Johnson says the video is from his Ring camera, and the mountain lion walked across his front yard.
"This morning I looked at my phone and saw I had movement out in my front," Johnson said. "Thought it was a dog at first. After looking at it a couple of times, I realized it was a mountain lion."
Johnson says he and his family are still in disbelief they saw this wildcat just feet from their front door.
"I was amazed. I yelled at my wife, 'You've gotta see this!' I sent her the video. I sent the video to my kids so they could see it, too. It was pretty incredible," Johnson said.
Johnson and his family moved into their home a little more than a year ago.
The subdivision is still under construction, with wooded areas just walking distance from homes.
Despite this, Johnson says he never imagined he would see a mountain lion. Now, their heads are on a swivel whenever they leave for work or to bring their children to school.
"We've had some fox come here and stuff, but never any mountain lions. That's the first time. Didn't expect that at all."
LPD says sightings of mountain lions are rare, but urge residents to follow Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 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 ions 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 is showing aggressive behavior, be sure to report it to Texas Parks & Wildlife.