Several Texas residents were startled last week when they saw a mountain lion walking down a dirt road in a Dallas suburb. But a trail camera video confirmed what had never happened in Dallas County.
Stephanie Higgins, of Rowlett, and her boyfriend, Logan Aduddell, had set up the trail camera on the edge of his property, where they typically see bobcats and coyotes, The Dallas Morning News reported. In the early hours of Nov. 22, a mountain lion casually walked past the camera.
A few hours later, the couple viewed the video. “We reviewed it a couple of times and came to the conclusion it was a mountain lion based on the size and how long the tail was,” Higgins told the newspaper.
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there had never been a documented appearance of the big cat in Dallas County, KTVT reported.
“I thought it was a bobcat at first but then I was like, ‘Man, that is way too big to be a bobcat,’” Higgins told KXAS.
Higgins posted the video on her Facebook page with the caption, “Big kitty in the city,” according to the Morning News.
The video confirmed what Rowlett resident Jovon Humphrey saw three hours before the animal walked in front of the camera. Humphrey said she was sitting in her vehicle in her carport, speaking with a friend on her cellphone, when she noticed some movement, WFAA reported.