Mountain lion terrorizing Collin County neighborhood

Dec 7, 2007 Full story: KHOU-TV Houston 48

“I know exactly what I saw and this was a large cat”

Click to watch video Cougar sightings may be rare in Texas, but it appears a mountain lion is roaming a Collin County neighborhood. via KHOU-TV Houston

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Jim Tritten

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Dec 27, 2007
Three of us saw the mountain lion around noon on December 24th in Plano at the corner of Russell Creek Drive and Cardiff Circle. No question of identification.
Isaac

Dallas, TX

#2 Dec 28, 2007
I think what yall are seeing is a bobcat. Think about it. They are still arround. Why would they all of a sudden appear here in collin county. Never any talk of seeing one in other nearby counties. I think people that know nothing about wildlife and the outdoors are soon to call it what people mention it could be. RUMORS
Justin

New York, NY

#3 Nov 6, 2009
To say mountain lions haven't been spotted in nearby counties is completely false. While, "rare",(I use "" because most sightings never get reported to authorities) almost every county in Texas has reported sightings of mountain lions.

They are quite common near Cedar Hill and the the entire Desoto, Duncanville, Lancaster area. Newly developed Collin County has ALWAYS had them, but being that their range is often 25 miles... per DAY, it's only been in recent years that they are spotted by humans. Tarrant county also has many sightings, as does Denton County.

I grew up near Canton, TX and it was quite common to see/hear them in the woods at night. I have a friend who works at DFW airport, and his job is to... "clear" animals from runways. He often sees both mountain lions and bobcats.

I've personally seen them in Frisco and Little Elm.

To anybody that doesn't believe they're still roaming around out there in Collin County, I give you this challenge: Go to an undeveloped area just off of 380 in McKinney. Spray a little cougar urine on yourself (available at Bass Pro Shops or Cabellas). Sprinkle your trail with raw meat, and play a recording of a cougar cry (sounds like a very large, demonic housecat). Then just wait half an hour. Then come back and tell me about all the new "friends" you meet =0)
True

Belden, MS

#4 Dec 13, 2009
I have personally spotted 2 lions, one between Frisco and little elm, "Panter Creek" area sound familiar? There is a reason it's called panther creek. Also have seen 1 near the Ray Roberts dam area on the pilot point side. I also have a buddy that saw one in the coppell area along Denton tap road. All sightings legit, I know the difference between a bob cat and a lion.
Katherine

Lewisville, TX

#5 Mar 12, 2010
I looked up this site b/c yesterday as I was driving westbound on FM1382, there on the road lay a dead mountain lion. I've hiked for most part of my life in California and have seen a real and stuffed mountain lion, which is usually what happens to them when they are hit by a car. This was definately a mountain lion.
Cedar Hill, TX
Dee

Plano, TX

#6 Apr 27, 2010
I saw a mountain lion this morning on the way to work in plano off preston and tennyson. at first i thought it was a bobcat, but then i was like wait that tail is too long to be a bobcat.
Trixie

Allen, TX

#7 Jul 8, 2010
Jim Tritten wrote:
Three of us saw the mountain lion around noon on December 24th in Plano at the corner of Russell Creek Drive and Cardiff Circle. No question of identification.
july 5th 2010. Me and my wife spotted an exotic cat coming from the brush in the back of our apartments (carrington park plano)towards the grassy area. It was a very young one. We got a good 60 second look,AND IT WAS A MOUNTAIN LION!!!! It was not a bobcat. not even close to a bobcat. Thats what i told her before she made me get up and go look. It let out 3 short cries before it walked backward into the creek brush.You idiots telling everyone thats not what they saw are ALWAYS the dumbasses that will learn everything the hard way. You will see.
tbm

Memphis, TN

#8 Jul 20, 2010
In the past three weeks (late June & mid-July 2010), my trail running group has twice spotted a mountain lion at Arbor Hills park in Plano. It's definitely not a bobcat, as it has a long tail and weighs approximately 70 to 80 pounds.
where

United States

#9 Jul 26, 2010
Where all in Collin County?? I guess we better bring the pets in at night!
T from Plano

Plano, TX

#10 Jul 28, 2010
I was out walking around 10:00 a.m. the other morning and came upon (about 25 feet away) an extremely large cat slumbering along a small path next to a creek off of Willow Bend Drive and Windhaven (between Parker and Windhaven). I stopped dead in my tracks looking for spots/speckles and somewhat pointed ears and a short, bobbed tail. It had none of the above but rather was a solid tan color with smooth fur and a longer tail....probably at least 18 - 24 inches. I was so startled I failed to employ the camera on my phone but rather walked quietly and quickly away from the area.
Upon returning home....I went straight to Google. No it was NOT a bobcat. I have looked at 100's of pictures of them now as well as mountain lions and I am sure it was a mountain lion. It looked EXACTLY like EVERY picture I could find on Google of a mountain lion.
Call me crazy, an idiot...whatever....I was a doubting Thomas too until I investigated further. Hopefully, I won't encounter the animal again, but if I do...I will definitely get a snapshot and put an end to the rumors swirling around Plano.
dtinfrisco

Fort Worth, TX

#11 Sep 27, 2010
I saw a puma (which is a mt lion)at Frito Lay Hdqtrs (Legacy and 121 Frisco/Plano)in the parking lot. Not knowing what it was until returning home and reading up on lions. This was a juvinile puma, but since I saw it two yrs ago, it would be an adult by now.
Mike Biggs

Dallas, TX

#12 Sep 27, 2010
It is simple. They can have very large ranges. In fact they can be over 200 square miles. They are not very common here but they are likly to be increasing in numbers. The population tends to follow the population of what they eat. Deer population is certainly increasing in Collin County so the Mountain Lion population is likely increasing as well.

It is nothing to panic about. In fact it is nothing new.

Now when we start getting black bears in the area over the next several years that will be news. I will be surprised if we do not have a bear spotted in the next 12 months.
Carol N

United States

#13 Oct 10, 2010
I got a good long look at a mountain lion from the bike trail that crosses the Trinity River near Benbrook Lake. This was in August 2008. It was about 6 pm, I was on foot, starting up the trail that leads to the cliffs above the river. This big cat appeared on the trail above me with a dead animal in its mouth and started walking calmly down the hill towards the river. It definitely saw me and kept walking until it was partially screened by some trees, then stopped to watch me. I stood still and watched it. It weighed at least 100 lbs. It finally loped out of the trees, crossed the bike path, and disappeared into the woods by the river. I did not know what kind of cat it was at the time. I told a friend about it and he assumed I had seen a bobcat, but when I compared photos it was definitely a mountain lion.
Put down the crack pipe

Mckinney, TX

#14 Oct 11, 2010
Mike Biggs wrote:
It is simple. They can have very large ranges. In fact they can be over 200 square miles. They are not very common here but they are likly to be increasing in numbers. The population tends to follow the population of what they eat. Deer population is certainly increasing in Collin County so the Mountain Lion population is likely increasing as well.
It is nothing to panic about. In fact it is nothing new.
Now when we start getting black bears in the area over the next several years that will be news. I will be surprised if we do not have a bear spotted in the next 12 months.
And when we start having Pink Elephants then we are really in trouble.
Mike Biggs

Duncanville, TX

#15 Oct 11, 2010
I think you are suggesting what I said was not correct. Perhaps these links will educate you so you will not look so ignorant in the future.

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdp...

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdp...
Michael Bruner

United States

#16 Nov 9, 2010
My dad lives in Minneola, TX. One day you saw a distress momma cow looking for her baby who was about 1 month old. He went into the woods looking for the calf and happened to look up. About 15 feet up in the tree was the hind half of the calf. Now do you really think a bobcat carried that much weight up into a tree
Shannon

Birmingham, AL

#17 Nov 15, 2010
I was jogging along Buffalo Ridge Park in Haltom City recently and saw a mountain lion in the wooded area. It was defineately a mountain lion and not a cougar/bobcat. I called animal control but they said they never found it.
Yikes! There is a high school right there!
Shannon

Birmingham, AL

#18 Nov 15, 2010
(not albama, North TX, haltom city)
UNCLE TOM

Franklin, IN

#19 Nov 15, 2010
Its my boyfriens johnson
Concerned Parents

Dallas, TX

#20 Dec 5, 2010
We live in the new section of Dominion at PantherCreek. My husband was walking our dogs and just saw a large mountain lion in the empty lots behind our house. This is extremely scary since we have a little girl and ofter see little kids playing back in this area. We've reporting this to animal control. I hope they do something. Needless to say, we will not be walking the dogs anytime soon.

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