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Mountain Lion Sighting Reported Near Grapevine Lake

There are 34 comments on the NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth story from Sep 10, 2008, titled Mountain Lion Sighting Reported Near Grapevine Lake. In it, NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth reports that:

Flower Mound officials said a mountain lion sighting was recently reported near Grapevine Lake.

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Brian R

Flower Mound, TX

#1 Sep 11, 2008
For the sake of fear lets be real careful here..... the sighting is not impossible, but rather unlikely. I have lived in Flower Mound for many years and have sighted Bobcats a couple of times by Grapevine Lake. Bobcats are large beautiful animals but are not to be confused with cougars (Mountain Lions)
PLEASE READ INFO. FROM TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE BELOW
Most Mountain Lion ‘Sightings’ In Texas Unreliable
AUSTIN, Texas — Most reports of mountain lion sightings in Texas are never verified with physical evidence, although such reports can arouse fear and cause a local publicity stir, according to wildlife experts with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
John Young, a TPWD mammalogist who keeps the state’s lion sightings database, said the department receives between 400 and 1,000 reports of mountain lion sightings each year. However, less than one percent of the reports are verified by physical evidence such as tracks, scat, photographs or a mountain lion carcass.
This lack of conclusive evidence indicates that true mountain lion sightings in urban and residential areas are rare, but they are still possible. Young said mountain lions have occasionally been spotted in areas adjacent to cities where the land is less developed and undisturbed with roads. "There aren’t long blocks of contiguous habitat suitable for mountain lions. The likelihood of seeing one is extremely rare."
Residents have reported mountain lion sightings in each of the state’s 254 counties, but researchers have only recorded mountain lion mortalities in 67 Texas counties. Mortalities — confirmed mountain lion carcasses — are the most accurate reflection of where mountain lions exist.
A TPWD report indicates that as recently as 2005 no mountain lion mortalities have occurred in Travis County.
Mountain lions’ range in Texas is primarily in the west, south and central regions with a core population in and around Big Bend National Park and on private land in South Texas.
Mountain lion attacks on humans are equally rare. Only three attacks on humans in Texas have been reported since 1980, all in remote areas of West Texas.
Likewise, from 1890 to 2001, only 98 mountain lion attacks were reported across the United States and Canada and of those only 17 were fatal. Conversely, each year about 20 people die from injuries sustained during dog attacks.
Young said most supposed mountain lion sightings last less than 10 seconds. In that short span of time, it is easy to mistake another animal for a mountain lion which range from a tan yellow to a creamy brown.
"You can convince yourself very rapidly that (a mountain lion) is what you’ve seen," Young said. "People really want to see them."
Young said in the event of a supposed mountain lion sighting, residents should question what they believe they saw before concluding that the animal was in fact a mountain lion.
Davis attributes the high number of false mountain lion sightings to fear.
"I’ve seen fear be at the root of every one of these problems," he said. He suggests that people visit a zoo to see live mountain lions to familiarize themselves with the animal.
For more information about mountain lions, including tips for living in lion country and what to do if you encounter a mountain lion, visit the TPWD Web site where there are links to the brochures Mountain Lions of Texas (PDF 294.5 KB) and Field Guide to the Mountain Lions of Texas (PDF 888.6 KB).
Bill

Mckinney, TX

#2 Sep 11, 2008
I hear they taste like chicken, so I'm sure it won't last long anyway.
Ryan

Plano, TX

#3 Sep 11, 2008
So what? It's just a mountain lion. Just let it go by and don't bother/startle it.
Carl

United States

#4 Sep 22, 2008
I have lived in Flower Mound for 17 years now and the past 7 years i have seen more wild life in and around the lake due to the massive building that has been going on new roads and new construction. It doesn't supprise me.
Sergey

Dallas, TX

#5 Mar 3, 2010
I saw mountain lion tracks in Marshall Creek park last spring (2009) and I took a picture of it. Almost half of my foot (size 11). Pretty scary:)
Kelly

Denton, TX

#6 Jul 12, 2010
The mountain lion was hit by a car on 114 westbound in Southlake by the new Gateway Church. Sad how expansion destroys the wildlife.
Anand

Flower Mound, TX

#7 Aug 7, 2010
We saw a bobcat cross the road today (at the intersection of bass pro and tx-26) in grapevine.
Clay

Plano, TX

#8 Sep 3, 2010
We saw what we first thought was a Bobcat crossing the road in Grapevine a couple weeks ago near the Great Wolf lodge, but when we saw the long tail, we figured it must be a small mountain lion..maybe 60-70 pounds. Saw a Coyote in the grassy area next to Classic Chevy on 114 in Grapevine a few months ago and 2 more Coyotes crossing the street near Oak Grove Park on Lake Grapevine. And just the other night at the Oak Grove soccer fields we saw 3 Deer (all does) hanging around. This place is full of wildlife.
West Flower Mound

Dallas, TX

#9 Sep 7, 2010
I have SEEN a cougar chasing 3 deer through a field in Flower Mound, about 1/4 mile north of the Lake. I have HEARD a cougar scream in the darkness. Even my large dogs were frightened by it.

These (or "this" if its the same animal) are not bobcats. I know the difference.

Also had a VERY LARGE coyote in the field behind our house last week.
Frank

Plano, TX

#10 Oct 12, 2010
I have been hiking the north shore of Lake Grapevine 300 plus days a year, 3 to 4 miles almost every day since 1994. I've seen and tracked about every kind of critter inhabiting the area. Lots of bobcats, coyotes and deer. I've never seen one mountain lion or a mountain lion track in all those years. I've been in cages with tame mountain lions at the Texas Exotic Feline Foundation in Boyd. I am very familiar with them as a species. I often hike after dark in the winter in Murrell park when the days get short. If I thought for one minute there was one single mountain lion down there, I wouldn't do that. Show me some evidence, a track, some scat, a carcass or a picture and I'll believe it.
Joyce

Rowlett, TX

#11 Dec 21, 2010
Just lost my sweet kitty cat. Two evenings later I saw a bobcat in my driveway. Who do I call to trap the bobcat. I live in Denton county.
Jsitters

Little River Academy, TX

#12 Apr 30, 2011
I was biking at grapevine lake today and spotted a mountain lion....it was very large probably around 70-80 lbs and definately not a Bobcat.
Graeme

Bryan, TX

#13 May 19, 2011
I live approx. 4 miles east of Big Sandy and I had what I confirmed (by track) as a full grown mountain lion check me out/stalk me nearly in my own backyard. I picked up a deep blue eyeshine about 50-60 yards Downwind of me, already looking directly at me. I had a high intensity LED light shining at it but could not pick up the body at all because of low brush. The eyes where set far apart and where large in diameter,also fairly low to the ground, inconsistent with deer (which is what I initially thought it was) It showed no fear of me though and even when I moved toward it, it slowly and very stealthily moved a little further back into the woods. I got up to about 25 yards of it but by then it had moved into thicker brush and I could barely make out a body, as it turned and nonchalantly disappeared into the brush I caught a faint glimpse of its back end which from what I could see looked exactly that of a very large cat. I was a bit uncertain of the legitimacy of my sighting until the next day when I found a 4 inch long track exactly matching that of an adult mountain lion by the creek further back into our property. I am no idiot when it comes to Mountain lions and am not fearful of them, I was armed at the time but had no intention of killing it. I have seen an immature mountain lion in the nearby area about a year ago and I know many of the ranchers in the area have pictures of them on deer cams, livestock killed, and they too have seen them, But I have never heard of anyone being stalked/checked out like this before. I don't mind it much being an avid hunter myself, but it is unnerving knowing that this thing was just out there scouting me out like when I scout for hogs or deer!
bbailey

Flower Mound, TX

#14 May 22, 2011
Jsitters wrote:
I was biking at grapevine lake today and spotted a mountain lion....it was very large probably around 70-80 lbs and definately not a Bobcat.
I just got done riding my bike at old murrel park at grapevine lake and spotted a big cat of some kind. I was only about 40 feet away when it crossed the road in front of me. I have seen bobcats before but this was a much larger cat. 80lbs easy.
Tevan

Dallas, TX

#15 Aug 2, 2011
bbailey wrote:
<quoted text>I just got done riding my bike at old murrel park at grapevine lake and spotted a big cat of some kind. I was only about 40 feet away when it crossed the road in front of me. I have seen bobcats before but this was a much larger cat. 80lbs easy.
I saw a rather small one in Carrollton, last Friday. At first, I believed it to be a bobcat. I now know better.
Franya

San Jose, CA

#16 Aug 2, 2011
I saw smallish polar bear in Lake Grapevine last night. It was really scarry.
Gray in LakewayTexas

Round Rock, TX

#17 Sep 12, 2011
A few weeks ago my step son went mountain climbing up a cliff near Lake Travis and got to a cave about 30 feet up. He said he and his friend heard a low growl from the cave. Said it sounded like a bear. Just last night I saw this very large animal 1.5 to 2 feet tall and much longer at the edge of the long grass just outside our bedroom window. My dog went crazy barking. It turned and slinked off into the grass. It disappeared as soon as we turned on the porch light. We have a spring fed pond in our back yard that is one of the only watering holes around. I know this was not a coyote, dog or bobcat. I'm fairly certain that it was the mountain lion that my step son heard in the cave. It was off Hurst Creek.
RLHV

Lewisville, TX

#18 Nov 21, 2011
For the non believers, I saw a cougar today in Flower Mound. I have customers in The Landing, Point Noble and Wichita Chase areas that have told me they have seen them. I can verify that as off today. It ran in front of my truck and in front of another lady who quickly turned around and ran. Had to be 70 -80 pounds. It stopped in this residential area for about 10 seconds before taking off. This area in right on Grapevine Lake, Twin Coves area. If you ever see one you will know it I can assure you.
Gail

Austin, TX

#19 Dec 18, 2011
Dec 18,2011.
I was hiking Lake Travis(Turkey Bend East)when I heard A very loud deep growl from across A dried creek bed up in the cliffs.I stopped and looked in the direction of the noise (didnt see anything). My dog was looking in the same direction as I was and she was very still with A nervious stance.. I will be more cautious in the future. I have heard Mountain Lions before and this is what it sounded like.
Gail

Austin, TX

#20 Dec 18, 2011
I was hiking Lake Travis(Turkey Bend East)when I heard A very loud deep growl from across A dried creek bed up in the cliffs.I stopped and looked in the direction of the noise (didnt see anything). My dog was looking in the same direction as I was and she was very still with A nervious stance.. I will be more cautious in the future. I have heard Mountain Lions before and this is what it sounded like.
Dec 18, 2011.

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