A 'wild cat' roaming a neighborhood in south Texas, which prompted authorities to ask residents to stay inside their homes on Sunday afternoon, turned out to be a --wait for it-- a large mountain lion.
The Laredo Police Department posted a warning alert to social media around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday asking residents of the Santa Rita subdivision, in particularly the Malaga, which is in the 100 block of Segovia Drive urging citizens there to remain in their homes.
Laredo police along with the State Game Warden were combing the area for what was described as a 'wild cat.'
A little after 4:30 p.m. police reported that they had contained the 'wild cat,' which turned out to be a large Mountain Lion. Police said that the lion was humanly tranquilized by a veterinarian who was at the scene.
The Laredo Police Department posted several pictures of the capture to their Facebook page and wrote a statement regarding the capture:
"No one was injured in this case, not even the beautiful animal who was treated with utmost humanity and care. This is one for the books for sure. These animals do not tend to enter heavily populated areas. However, the neighborhood is very close to the animal's natural habitat along the Rio Grande. This call is why there is no such thing as a routine day on patrol. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday."
The State Game Warden's office will take possession of the animal and make an assessment as to the condition of it's health. Pending the results of the assessment they will release the animal back into the wild and away from populated areas.