Wild mountain lion captured by LPD and State Game Wardens

Published: Feb. 26, 2018 at 10:36 AM CST
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A mountain lion is the last critter you’d expect to see in your neighborhood but that is exactly what one resident found in his backyard on Sunday afternoon.

The Laredo Police Department and State Game Wardens were called out to a home near Segovia Drive.

Some residents say they did not even know what was going on.

Police put out an alert on Facebook asking residents to remain indoors after the animal was spotted in the area.

Eventually, the animal was tranquilized and captured with the help of a veterinarian, but not before causing a panic for most residents.

Mountain lions are native to our area, but typically stay away from heavily populated areas.

Game Wardens plan to release the animal back into the wild.

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A wild animal is captured by Laredo Police and the State Game Wardens in South Laredo on Sunday afternoon.

According to police, a family made a call to authorities about a wild cat roaming the area of Santa Rita.

LPD and the State Game Wardens arrived at the residence in the 100 block of Segovia Street, where they confirmed that the wild animal spotted was indeed a mountain lion.

Residents around the area were urged to stay indoors, others were evacuated from the area.

The mountain lion was humanely tranquilized with the help of a veterinarian and the State Game Warden’s Office.

Officer Joe Baeza says, “We're fortunate that the family dog was able to corner the animal inside of an open tool shed, basically containing it, and we did not have to hurt the animal. For the safety of the surrounding communities, we did have to evacuate some surrounding residents, but luckily, it looks like nobody was injured as a result of this animal being here in this location.”

The State Game Warden will relocate the mountain lion to an area where they can make sure it suffered no injures so they could release it back into its natural habitat.