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Mountain lion captured by Laredo, Texas police

Laredo, Texas police overpowered and sedated with a roaming mountain lion as the nearby inhabitants to stay safely inside.

The authorities in Texas were forced to evacuate some of the houses in a town on the southern border with Mexico on Sunday after a mountain lion walked through the area.

The Laredo Police Department says in a Facebook post the mountain lion ended up in the Santa Rita subdivision for the “humanely stunned” by a veterinarian.

“This is one for the books for sure,” said the police. “These animals do not tend to enter densely populated areas. However, the environment is very close to the animal in the natural habitat along the Rio Grande. This conversation is why there is no such thing as a routine day on patrol.”

The police in Laredo, Texas, captured a mountain lion on Sunday, feb. 25. after the residents were asked to stay inside.

(Laredo Police)

The officials of the Texas game warden plan to assess the animal, and then release it in the wild, away from the populated areas.

Cougars are from Texas, and are spotted in each province, except in the most northern counties of the Panhandle area, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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“Despite reports of mountain lion attacks on people in California, mountain lion attacks are rare,” the agency said. “Only four attacks on humans in Texas have been reported since 1980, all of them in remote areas of West Texas.”

The police in Laredo, Texas, captured a mountain lion on Sunday, feb. 25. after the residents were asked to stay inside.

(Laredo Police)

The wildlife agency says that people who live in areas inhabited by cougars to install outside lighting in the dark, the removal of vegetation around the house that the animal could hide, and mostly importantly: “do NOT APPROACH a mountain lion for a better view or image.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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