San Marcos warning residents of mountain lion sightings

April 13, 2018 - 11:47 am

SAN MARCOS (KJCE) -- Officials are warning San Marcos residents after two mountain lion sightings have been reported in the last month.

The sightings were close to the Purgatory Park area on the city's southwest side. The sightings were both at dusk, which is a common time for the large cats to be moving and beginning to hunt.

"Mountain lions are an important part of the Central Texas ecosystem and are beautiful animals," said Neighborhood Services Director Jeff Caldwell. "While mountain lions try to avoid people whenever possible, it’s important to be aware of safety measures you can take if you encounter one."

City staff believe this mountain lion is likely a juvenile that may be using drainage areas and culverts to hunt and cross roads. Based on graffiti in and around some of the culverts, these areas are also being frequented by people, which could result in a dangerous encounter.

Residents are urged to stay out of drainage areas and culverts and follow safety tips if a mountain lion is encountered, and call the San Marcos Animal Shelter at (512) 805-2655 if they see a mountain lion. The information will be passed on to the State of Texas which tracks all sightings for information and wildlife research purposes.

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