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Freer man shoots mountain lion in backyard

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 18:53:19-05

FREER, Texas — Freer resident Kenny Whitley received a surprising visitor last week, a 123 pound male mountain lion in his own backyard.

Whitley’s daughter received a text from her neighbors, telling her a mountain lion jumped the fence and into her backyard. She lives on the same land as her parents and she text them to alert them, but they didn’t believe her.

It wasn’t until the next day when Whitley and his daughter were eating dinner that he went to go check on his barking dogs and he realized there was a mountain lion in his backyard. He shot it soon after.

A Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden from Duval County went out and deemed the shot legal, stating that if you feel threatened you are legally allowed to shoot the animal.

“As a homeowners that’s concerned for your pets…you can bring your pets inside in that circumstance…make loud noises…try to you know run off that mountain lion,” said Lerrin Johnson, a game warden from Texas Parks and Wildlife said.