HARLINGEN, Texas – A mountain lion was hit and killed by a car traveling near Highway 77 in Cameron County in the Rio Grande Valley over the weekend, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials said.
According to a statement from TPWD provided to KSAT, the mountain lion was killed north of Harlingen.
Tony Henehan, a wildlife biologist with TPWD, said the animal was reported by some individuals who were driving down the highway and noticed others who stopped to look at the cat.
“Game wardens responded, investigated the scene, picked up the animal for collection, for scientific study and educational purposes,” Henehan said. “And it was just a roadkill mountain lion.”
A rare sight anywhere in Texas, Henehan said seeing one of the cats is even rarer in the Rio Grande Valley.
“Within Cameron County and a couple of other counties, we have less than 10 confirmed sightings,”…