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Mountain lions spotted in Sweetwater

(MGN Online)

Sweetwater police have received reports from two people over the last couple of days who said they saw a mountain lion.

Police Chief Brian Frieda said the big cats were spotted in the area of 15th and Lemon streets, which is on the outer edge of town.

No one from the police department has been able to confirm the sightings.

Frieda said they've had similar sightings about this time of year for the last several years.

If you encounter a mountain lion, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says:

  • Pick all children up off the ground immediately.
  • Do NOT approach the lion
  • Stay calm. Talk calmly and move slowly.
  • Face the lion and remain in an upright position.
  • Do not turn your back on the lion. Back away slowly.
  • Do NOT run.
  • Do all you can to enlarge your image. Do NOT crouch down or try to hide
  • IF the lion is aggressive, throw rocks, sticks, or anything you can get your hands on.
  • If the lion attacks, fight back. Fighting back can drive off lions.

Mountain lion attacks are rare, according to TPWD.

Only four of them have occurred in Texas since 1980 and all of them were in remote areas of West Texas.


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