SAN ANTONIO -- Some San Antonio families are forbidding their children to play in their yards out of fear of a mountain lion on the loose.
One of the cats was photographed lounging on the deck of a local family. So what are wildlife officials saying about this? KENS5 has learned the animal is not a mountain lion, it's a bobcat.
Several of our biologists have looked at the video and it is not -- N-O-T -- a mountain lion, it is a bobcat, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Mike Cox said.
The Taylor family built their deck to enjoy the scenery, but they didn't expect predators to crash the party.
The Taylors' nanny recorded what she thought was a mountain lion napping and grooming. After taking its sweet time -- about 20 minutes -- the bobcat leaped over the family's fence.
It cleared a fence higher than this, described Kandi, the nanny.
The catwas spotted in the Rogers Ranch neighborhood on Ivory Creek, near Loop 1604, on the city's north side.
Mountain lions areknown to prey on deer, feral hogs, rabbits and other small mammals, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin. That has the Taylor family concerned after their cat, Hanalei, vanished and after their dead dog was unearthed from its grave.
Texas Parks and Wildlife said it's important to report aggressive wild-animal behavior.
The department also stressed that, since 1980, there have only been three mountain lion attacks on people in Texas.
We try to keep track of any mountain lion sightings around here and confirm them, Judit Green, spokeswoman for Texas Parks and Wildlife, said.
They told me that, if the animal is not injured, they cannot come remove it from the property, Kandi explained.
I think anybody who lives near wilderness has a little bit of this risk.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department urges anyone with a mountain lion sighting to call the department at 512-389-4800.