Videos Show Mountain Lion Is Sticking Around Lake Hudson
PRYOR, Oklahoma - A mountain lion is making itself comfortable in a Green County lake community.
The mountain lion has been spotted twice on camera.
Video from two different home security cameras, on two different mornings, show a mountain lion making its way through the yards of a lakefront neighborhood near Pryor.
“He was beautiful. He was so big. His paws were so huge. His tail was just incredible,” said Krista Hamilton.
Krista and her husband Ron had the first and closest encounter with the big cat as it passed their bedroom window on a foggy morning.
“I was like... 'That's a mountain lion,'” Ron said. “The fog probably brought him out that morning, give him a little extra cover. Just an amazing experience.”
Krista took some incredible pictures as it walked across the yard and onto their deck.
“He jumped off the corner where we're sitting," said Krista. "That was crazy."
While the mountain lion was a surprise, seeing wildlife out here isn't unusual.
“We see a lot of deer with their little spotted fawns,” said Ron.
They also see hawks, herons, bald eagles, squirrels, groundhogs foxes and racoons, but never a mountain lion.
It showed up at the Hamilton’s house around seven, the morning of June 18th. After 2 a.m. the next day, it passed by their neighbor’s doorbell camera before jumping a fence. At about 12 a.m. on the morning of June 24, it carefully walked along a retaining wall behind a house a few doors down from Ron and Krista.
Right now Lake Hudson is about 16 feet higher than normal, so the Hamiltons think maybe the rising water has pushed the big cat up into those yards.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife has confirmed about 20 mountain lion sightings since 2002. One of those was five years ago, not far from the Hamilton's house.
There's no documentation of a breeding population, but ODWC's furbearer biologist says it's only a matter of time.
Ron believes the time is now for their big cat.
“I think he lives around here,” he said. “I don't think there's any reason to fear him.”
And if it is settled in around the Hamilton’s property, they’re happy to share their yard with the mountain lion.
They’ve even named him Monty.
“Just look at him as a creature that lives here and needs to continue to live her.” Krista said. “Nothing about him was like he was hunting or territorial. He was just walking along on his way to do whatever he does. There was nothing threatening about him.”
ODWC said there are no documented mountain lion attacks against humans in Oklahoma. Biologists said the big cats are primarily go after whitetail deer as their primary food source.
If you come face-to-face with a big cat, don’t run; instead stay calm, quiet, and back away slowly.