Several weeks ago, a Fort Worth-area woman called and reported that she was playing outside with several children when they believed they saw a mountain lion, Oetgen said.
He advised her not to play outside at dark until she felt comfortable again, he said.
Mountain lions are very secretive and nocturnal and chances are quite slim that if a mountain lion is sighted, that it will return to the area, according to Oetgen.
Those who believe they have seen a mountain lion can contact Oetgen.
“As an agency and biologist, we don’t dismiss these calls,” Oetgen said, adding that the Texas Parks and Wildlife protocol is to interview the person who saw the animal, keep records of the sighting and perhaps follow up with visits to the area.