Mountain lion prowling Collin County ...

Mountain lion prowling Collin County neighborhood? 5:24 Am CT

There are 46 comments on the Dallas Morning News story from Dec 7, 2007, titled Mountain lion prowling Collin County neighborhood? 5:24 Am CT. In it, Dallas Morning News reports that:

“We lost a pet in June and my neighbor lost a pet and the neighbors down the street have lost a pet”

Cougar sightings may be rare in Texas, but it appears a mountain lion is roaming a Collin County neighborhood. via Dallas Morning News

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Derek

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#1 Dec 20, 2007
These people are idiots and need to be in a "specilal ed" facility.
Jim Tritten

Las Cruces, NM

#2 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.

Since: Oct 07

United States

#3 Dec 27, 2007
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.
I can not imagine what that must have been like. Did anyone get pictures?
Deran Wright

San Jose, CA

#4 Jan 3, 2008
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.
Check out www.sleepingpanther.com for other sightings
Jim Tritten

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Jan 7, 2008
I am Jim Tritten's wife and I saw the mountain lion too in the park by the creek. We were so surprized and startled that before we could get a photo with our cell phone it had disappeared down towards the creek.
Kim

Fort Worth, TX

#6 Jan 8, 2008
My daughter and I both saw a huge cat with a very long tail on Plano Parkway by Austin Ranch just outside of Plano. It was running on the side of the road. This was around 6:30 p. m. on December 22nd. It was dark, but the lights on my car caught it perfectly. It was such an odd sight that I called at least three different people to see what it could be. I almost fell out of my chair just now when I saw other people had seen a similar animal in the area.
Meg

AOL

#7 Jan 31, 2008
I have been really interested to hear that there is at least 1 cougar roaming the area. I say this because 3 months ago my mother and I sighted a large cat just on the Richardson/Plano border. The cat was siting in a field which has a large creek running through it, and was looking down into the creek bed. I wasnt surprised to see a large cat, I've seen bobcats around the Collin County area for the past 17 years. But what did surprise me was that the longer my mom and I looked at the animal, the more we realized it was not a bobcat. It had a very large head, a sleek coat, and very very large hind legs. We couldn't believe what we were seeing... it was a mountain lion. And we were seeing it from our car on a road that we travel all the time: Synergy Parkway just off of Independance. I thought that the cat would have left the area, but apparently she's either still here, or we have more mountain lions in Collin County than we think.
Michelle allen

San Antonio, TX

#8 Feb 3, 2008
My son & his friend saw what they describe as a huge cat wity pointy ears climbing down the creek embankment. It went into the storm drain, the huge circular kind. I asked how it got in thee & they said it ducked down and scooted in. A normal size cat wouldn't have to duck down to get into that hole. It's pretty big. A neighbor saw it and called 911, but the officer said he couldn't confirm anything & thought it was only a large cat.
Fritz Richards

Garner, NC

#9 Feb 26, 2008
Our Boston Terrier was mauled by a mountain lion last night at my in-laws house in Rockwall on the lake. My father-in-law turned the lights on the mountain lion had our 25 pound boston Terrier in his mouth shaking him like a rag doll. He dropped her and jumped the fence and ran away. He had a 3' tail.
TS from Allen TX

United States

#10 May 5, 2008
On Sunday, April 27, 2008, I was in our Allen, TX backyard with our 4 month old puppy at 11:00 p.m. when a large mountain lion came out of the tree shadows from the creek-side of our house running very fast around the pond which is just outside our back wrought iron fence. I got a clear view of it when it crossed a clearing right outside of our fence---I am 100% positive it was a mountain lion. Our yard backs up to a small section of park (part of the larger park system located at Allen Heights and Bethany Creek Blvd. in Allen). In the past, we've had coyotes and bobcats follow the creek bed to come into our neighborhood, so I suspect the mountain lion did the same and then jumped up into the park to get around the pond, then probably got back into the concrete creek until it reached the larger park down the street (has larger ponds with lots of geese and other wildlife). By watching the cat run from the creek around the pond, I'd say it's been this way before. I reported it to the police although they said it was not their policy to send out a police officer or to report it to animal control unless the animal was still in sight. The scary thing is that I also saw a runner just minutes before the cat, and he was running on the sidewalk across the creek and pond, he was headed in the same direction as the cat---to the bigger park down the street. I hope to not have a close encounter like that again...
Beth from Allen

United States

#11 May 9, 2008
I live in Twin Creeks in Allen, and this afternoon my husband and I took our small dog for a walk on the walking trail near Exchange and Rio Grande. You can imagine how surprised we were to see, about 25 yards from us by the edge of the tree leading down to the creek a large mountain lion. I immediately picked up our dog, and we kept walking, watching as it milled about that area, seeming to take no notice of us. Just as my husband was about to take a picture, it sauntered off into the trees. I can't wait to see if we actually captured it (it was on a cell phone and too small to see until we download it). It does make me think twice about letting my 13 year old son play by the creek though.
ROBERT LEE CRUZ

United States

#12 May 9, 2008
mountain lions are being run out of their habitat, where else can they go.
man has a warped sense of life.
take animals out of their habitat and place them in zoos.
they destroy the woods, where are the animals supposed to go?
they deserve the right to have their homes protected.
i have no remorse for the little dogs and cats that become snacks.
they don't belong there thus they deserve to be eaten' same for the spoiled children.
TS from Allen TX

United States

#13 May 10, 2008
To Beth from Allen: If you did manage to get a picture of the mountain lion that you can download to your computer, please contact the state wildlife agency and see if they can accept an email copy of the picture. In addition to contacting the police, the night of the sighting, I have contacted the state wildlife authorities to report my sighting in Allen. If another sighting in Allen is caught in a picture, it would help support the fact that we really do have at least one mountain lion roaming around within our city/county. From what little has been in the news, it sounds like the authorities are skeptical about mountain lions now living this far north in Texas...it would be nice if they would take us seriously. Thanks!
Scott

United States

#14 May 13, 2008
Beth--Were you able to get pictures of the mountain lion, I live in Twin Creeks also and utilize the green belt all the time and concerned if this is actually a mountain lion versus a very large bobcat.
back to good

Denton, TX

#15 May 14, 2008
did u guys move to Alaska, no you didnt, you moved to the suburbs and stuff like this is what you have to deal with. You moved into the lions territory not him. What r u gonna do when a mesquito threatens the neighborhood?
back to good

Denton, TX

#16 May 14, 2008
Last time I checked It was called the food chain, and I think Robert will agree with me.
back to good

Denton, TX

#17 May 14, 2008
Beth from Allen wrote:
I live in Twin Creeks in Allen, and this afternoon my husband and I took our small dog for a walk on the walking trail near Exchange and Rio Grande. You can imagine how surprised we were to see, about 25 yards from us by the edge of the tree leading down to the creek a large mountain lion. I immediately picked up our dog, and we kept walking, watching as it milled about that area, seeming to take no notice of us. Just as my husband was about to take a picture, it sauntered off into the trees. I can't wait to see if we actually captured it (it was on a cell phone and too small to see until we download it). It does make me think twice about letting my 13 year old son play by the creek though.
Do u let youre 13 yr old son play by a creek ungaurded, is it the animals fault you moved there? Where should they go? Would u like to be put in a zoo?
Beth from Allen

United States

#18 May 15, 2008
Actually I totally agree that the mountain lion belongs here, it was here first, small pets are part of the food chain, this is its habitat, and yadda yadda yadda. I just had no idea that there were Mountain Lions around here...coyotes, bobcats, possums, raccoon, etc--yes, but this Mountain Lion was a surprise to me. Further, every agency I contacted told me that I had seen a bobcat, and that there "are no Mountain Lions around here" (according to them). Yeah--that is why it had a long tail--it was a bobcat. So--the official agencies tell me I am stupid or crazy, the loonies on this board jump to the assumption that my children are spoiled, my dog should be eaten, and I am in favor of running the wildlife out of their habitat, and ALL I WANT TO DO IS LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE SAW SO THAT THEY WILL BE AWARE AND RESPECTFUL OF SUCH ANIMALS, as we are on their turf, and yes indeed, they did come first. That being said, now that we are here too, awareness is key.
I resent both the implication that I don't know what we saw AND that since I did see it and tried to get the word out that my children and pets should be a meal for such animals.
Oh, and btw, Back to Good--my 13 yo does indeed go with friends to the creek when he goes. I am not sure why you would assume otherwise.
Scott

Plano, TX

#19 May 15, 2008
Back to Good--Why don't you chill out a bit, don't think anybody is blaming a mountain lion, it is just uncommon at least for me to have heard this rumor, I'm still somewhat skeptical what was seen was a really large bobcat. Either of these animals rarely attack humans anyway, but I will say that I would be more concerned about a mountain lion than a bobcat and not saying in any manner it should be destroyed or put in a zoo.
Scott

Plano, TX

#20 May 15, 2008
Beth--I'm not saying you didn't see a moutain lion, but would be interested if the pictures turned out or not. I think that could would put an end to the debate on if it was a mountain lion

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