There is currently an open season on cougars in Texas. Texas Parks & Wildlife do not have population estimates and rely on sighting, whether verified and unverified. The state claims that the population of cougars in Texas is steadily increasing, despite the loss of habitat and fragmentation that is occurring throughout the state.
Long-term effective population size for cougars in Texas was estimated to be 5,607 animals using ecological niche modeling to estimate distribution.
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News of cougars in Texas within the last year:
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Drought drove Mountain Lion into downtown El Paso
KHOU | 2011-05-18El PASO, Texas -- "We’re encroaching so much into their habitat," explained biologist Balin. "A large predator or mammal needs a lot of habitat to support themselves so we have to have regional planning and develop areas very carefully so we can accommodate wildlife and their habitat."
Mountain lion goes on attack in Carson Co., authorities urge caution
KENS 5 San Antonio | 2010-12-31Residents in the Texas panhandle are being vigilant after a mountain lion went on the attack.
Update: Westcreek cougar sigting marked a mistake, Cougar has dissapered
examiner.com | 2010-11-22Police officers claim that the description of a mountain lion in the neighborhood of Westcreek near the elementary Galm may have been a accidental false report, claiming the description of the cat may have been a bobcat, which do naturally live in southern states such as Texas, or a large house-cat.
A mountain lion in far East Texas?
Statesman Journal | 2010-10-15I got the photo more than a week ago, a tiny image on my cell phone but plainly a mountain lion.
8 Texas cougars save Florida panthers from extinction
The Seattle Times | 2010-09-24They didn't stay around long, but the eight lady cougars from Texas who temporarily set up housekeeping in southwest Florida in the late 1990s left a lasting impression.
Mountain Lion spotted in Round Rock
Austin News KXAN nbc | 2010-07-13Several residents in west Round Rock say they have seen a mountain lion foraging for food, mostly along homes near Brush Creek, but it has been known to expand its range.
Biologists use GPS to track mountain lion
Colorado - Fox 21 | 2010-06-25A state biologist said a mountain lion from Colorado strolled through parts of Kansas this spring.
Something on the prowl in East Texas neighborhood
KLTV.com | 2010-03-10An East Texas farmer says something is on the prowl on his land and he has a picture to prove it. Chuck Arena snapped a photo of a large, fresh paw print he found on a pile of clay.
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