El Paso, Texas (KTSM) – El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputies confirm they located a mountain lion in the backyard of a Montana Vista home Monday afternoon.
Deputies were dispatched to a home in the 14100 block of Seattle Slew in Montana Vista Monday where they spotted the mountain lion in the backyard of the home. EPCSO Deputies contacted Texas Wildlife, the El Paso Zoo and the Texas State Veterinarian for the El Paso region for assistance.
NewsChannel9 talked with the homeowner who says she was terrified to find the mountain lion just three feet away from her backyard door, under her patio table where she says her two dogs cornered the animal.
“I opened the door a little bit and then it went out. I said, I have to call someone because what if he goes and does something to somebody else?” said homeowner Rosita Yarritos.
According to the Game Warden officer who responded to the call, these animals are predators and can cause a threat to people and pets.
“Mountain lions don’t like people to see them and so, they like to sneak around. It was very unusual to happen,” said Gerry Amundson with the Texas Game Warden.
He says mountain lions can live in any ecosystems. “One of the misconceptions about mountain lions is that it has mountain in it’s name, a lot of people think it’s always going to be in the mountains,” said Amundson.
The veterinarian was able to tranquilize the mountain lion without incident and transported it to the El Paso Zoo where they say it will be quarantined and released.
Amundson says he was notified the mountain lion was healthy and ready to be relocated somewhere in Texas. He advises anyone who comes across a wild animal to call 9-1-1 immediately. ” The best thing to do if you notice one is to just stay away from it,” said Amundson.