Mountain lion caught on home security camera roaming neighborhood in Leander says police

A mountain lion was caught on a home security camera Monday night roaming through a Leander neighborhood, according to Leander Police Department. 

According to Leander Police the mountain lion was spotted roaming through the Mason Hills subdivision, near Crystal Falls Parkway.

LPD says mountain lion sighting are rare but urge residents to follow guidelines released by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Follow these tips from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

• Do not approach a mountain lion to get a better view or picture. These animals are often just passing through, and sightings of mountain lions have occurred in all 254 Texas counties. Their roaming areas can sometimes reach over 50 miles.
• Keep your pets indoors from dusk to dawn, and remove any food sources that may attract wildlife. Mountain lions, also known as pumas, cougars and panthers, can weigh up to 170 pounds and are most active in the mornings and evenings.
• If you encounter a mountain lion, stay calm and slowly back away while maintaining eye contact. If a mountain lion is showing aggressive behavior, be sure to report it to Texas Parks & Wildlife.