A mountain lion killed in Hunt County on Saturday is the same one that has been spotted across North Texas in recent weeks, state conservationists say.
The cougar was legally killed by a deer hunter, Megan Radke, a Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesperson, told The Dallas Morning News. The lion was an adult male that weighed about 160 pounds, she said.
A cougar was first seen in North Texas on Nov. 22 by a woman and her boyfriend in Rowlett. The couple had set up a tracking camera on the edge of their property near Lake Ray Hubbard, which the lion walked past around 4 a.m. that morning.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department later confirmed a new sighting of a cougar near Princeton in Collin County.
There is a large cougar in Dallas County, officials confirm.
According to the department, cougars can be found in much of Texas and rarely cause conflict with humans.
Attacks on humans are extremely rare with fewer than 30 confirmed fatal attacks by cougars on humans in North America in the past 100 years. There is no record of a confirmed fatal attack on a person by a wild cougar in Texas.
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