Mountain Lions in Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has published a brochure titled Mountain Lions In Texas.  You may obtain a copy by calling the Wildlife Division 800-792-1112 or 512-389-4403.  The information outlines a study conducted from 1983-2001 stating “Sightings and mortality reports have consistently increased since 1983 and appear to indicate that the mountain lion distribution may once again be statewide.”  They go on to say that “The mountain lion is also known as a cougar, panther, catamount or puma, and has the widest distribution of any wild cat from Canada to South America.”  Additional information states that the mountain lion is large (100-150 pounds for males and 45-96 pounds for females) slender long bodies of 6 1/2 feet for females and up to 8 1/2 feet for males.  Their range is primarily in the west, south and central portions of the state however when we camped at Daingerfield State Park, an East Texas Park, the ranger spoke of a puma who roamed through periodically reinforcing the case that the Texas Mountain Lion is back.

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