POSTED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 4:25pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 2:00pm
San Antonio, TX — A San Antonio family got a visit from an unexpected guest when a mountain lion showed up on their deck. Now they say they're concerned for their safety, Karen Grace reports.
The Taylor family built a deck to enjoy the view, but didn't expect predators to crash the party.
Bryan Taylor's nanny recorded a mountain lion taking its sweet time, napping and grooming before leaping over the family's fence 20 minutes later, "And then it cleared a fence higher than this."
The mountain lion was spotted in the Roger's Ranch neighborhood on Ivory Creek near 1604 on the city's northside.
Mountain lions are known to prey on deer, feral hogs, rabbits and other small mammals.
The Taylors are concerned after, their cat Hanalei vanished, and their dead dog had been unearthed from its grave in their yard.
To give you some idea of how big a mountain lion is, a life size cut out of a cat similar to the one the Taylors captured on video and a male can be up to 8 feet long.
Texas Parks and Wildlife says it's important to report aggressive mountain lion behavior, but they stress that since 1980 there have been only three attacks on people in Texas, Judith Green, "We try to keep track of any mountain lion sightings that around here and we try to confirm them."
Bryan Taylor, resident, "I think anybody that lives near wilderness has a little bit of this risk right."