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Off-duty San Marcos Police officers have made two mountain lion sightings near the Purgatory Park area in the past month. 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.
If you simply see a mountain lion, please report it to the City of San Marcos Animal Shelter at 512.805.2655. The state of Texas tracks all sightings for information and wildlife research purposes.
If you have an emergency where there is immediate danger from a mountain lion, please call 911. Many people confuse our more common bobcat and even house cats for mountain lions, however if you think you see a mountain lion follow the safety precautions below and then report the incident.
Mountain lions usually avoid being around humans and will leave an area where there is human activity. They are however, drawn to pets and may see them as prey.
If you encounter a mountain lion, remember to convince it that you are not prey and that you may be dangerous. Follow these safety tips:
More information and safety tips can be found in the following Texas Parks and Wildlife Publications: