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The trails at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in south Austin are closed today, because a visitor and a staff member each sighted a mountain lion. TPWD is investigating, but said, 'Mountain lions are generally not a risk to humans.' Oh, ok.
KVUE.com[/url]"]Mountain lion sighting closes trail09:56 AM CST on Thursday, December 14, 2006By MELISSA McGUIREKVUE NEWS Nature trails at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in South Austin are closed after several people spotted a mountain lion. The sighting has still not been confirmed by Texas Parks and Wildlife officials, but experts will look into the claims. Experts say the animals should not be considered dangerous. "There have been only 15 fatalities in the last 100 years in North America," said Mark Simmons, Ecologist for the Center. Simmons says if a mountain lion does live there, it's actually a positive thing. 'I would view this as a good sign. For somewhere like Austin, we're managing our water quality protection land properly. There are wildlife corridors. These are functioning ecosystems. We live in the midst of one,' said Simmons. The news still came as a shock to visitors at the Center. "You really don't want to think of seeing a mountain lion here!" said Cameron Duggins. Experts have estimated there are approximately 4,000 mountain lions in Texas, based on genetic diversity analysis. If you see one, you should not run. If you feel threatened, make loud noises to scare it away.
The Wildflower Center has 279 acres. There are trails due north and south of the area Richard has outlined in red. I'm so glad to know that mountain lions should not be considered dangerous. Now I won't have to have a heart attack when I see one at Big Bend. It does make one wonder, though, why the LBJWC must be closed if the animal is NOT DANGEROUS.On another note, last week's Fredericksburg _Standard-Radio Post_ showed several pics of deer hunters with their prizes, and one woman with her bobcat. Since when are we hunting bobcats?
is bobcat and/or coyote meat the prize for shooting them?
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