Wildlife officials confirm rare mountain lion sighting in North Texas

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It's the first one recorded in Dallas County and people in Rowlett are still talking about the big mountain lion seen on video ambling down a dirt road in the middle of the night.

Whatever you choose to call them; mountain lion, puma, or cougar, they're all the same big cat and they're all rare in North Texas.

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials have confirmed a mountain lion sighting in the state from time to time. There was one in Grayson County a couple of years ago, but this one is the first in Dallas County where a game camera with night vision capability recorded a mountain lion along a dark dirt road in Rowlett's Dalrock neighborhood.

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials say they can tell it's a Mountain Lion because of its long tail that touches the ground, whereas the tail of the more common bobcat does not.

Wildlife experts say the big cat is probably just passing through, looking for better hunting grounds where deer are more plentiful.

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