Mountain lions have never been spotted in Victoria, only in Refugio or Dewitt county

Local Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist says mountain lions have only been spotted in Refugio or Dewitt county.  

VICTORIA, Texas – The recent mountain lion spotted in the Dallas area has caused a great concern towards many local Texans about our safety in wildlife.  

As we have all learned from advocatess like John Jefferson and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, spotting mountain lions in our lone star state is a possibility, but the likelihood of seeing one around Victoria or any surrounding counties is very unlikely.  

Trey Barron, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department District 4 biologist, said their documentation of mountain lions’ dates back to the 80’s. Their data exposes that mountain lions have only been spotted in Refugio or Dewitt county.  

“Since the 80’s when we started keeping records, there have been a few confirmed sightings in both Refugio county and Dewitt county. So they have been close and it’s not to say that they haven’t moved to Victoria county at one point or another, but they’re definitely not here very often. If they do move through and there’s not ever been any confirmed sightings in Victoria.” 

Often people confuse mountain lions with bobcats, the main difference to remember about these carnivores is their size and weight. Mountain lions are heavier and weigh between 70-180 lbs., while bobcats are smaller, only weighing up to 35 lbs. 

“With bobcats, they’re very common in Victoria county and the entire Crossroads area. They can be found from right on the edge of town. You know all the way out to the wide-open spaces. If there was somebody that thought they had a sighting of a mountain lion, we do track those sightings and they can contact either TX Parks and Wildlife Headquarters and they’ll likely be sent to either their local county biologist or be sent to me.” 

Some interesting facts about their animal sightings process is for mountain lions, evidence doesn’t always have to be photographic proof. A confirmed sighting can derive from any kind of physical evidence of the animal, such as a foot track, a gain camera picture, roadkill, or a hunter harvested animal.  

If a mountain lion is ever spotted, you can fill out a form, depending on your photographic or physical evidence. The sighting can be classified under 3 different categories: a misidentification, a possible sighting, or a confirmed sighting.

To report a mountain lion in Texas, click here: Mountain Lions (texas.gov)

Parts of this video have been accredited TPWD: Bobcat City – Studying Urban Cats to TPWD: Mountain Lions of Texas

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