Back in August 2012, the Dorchester Times received a letter from a local resident who said she had spotted a mountain lion approximately 3.5 miles northwest of town near the West Fork of the Big Blue River.
Today, the Associated Press is reporting that a York County woman has reported that her dog tangled with a mountain lion at her home south of Waco.
The York News-Times reports that the woman told the York County Sheriff's Department Tuesday that she and her husband had heard a commotion outside the night before and that she saw her dog fighting an animal when she went outside to check.
She says the big cat ran off when her husband shined a light on it. The dog wasn't seriously injured.
The woman is all but certain what she saw was a mountain lion, but the sighting hasn't confirmed.
Authorities have taken several reports of mountain lions in the county -- just northwest of Saline County -- but most have not been confirmed.
What should you do if you do encounter a mountain lion? The experts with the National Parks Service say:
- Remain calm! Enjoy the sighting.
- Never run from a mountain lion. No one can outrun a mountain lion.
- Do not crouch down; the lion has seen you long before you saw it.
- You must convince the lion that you are not prey and that you pose a threat to the animal.
- If you have small children with you, pick them up and do all that you can to appear large -- hold your arms out.
- Hold your ground, wave your arms, shout! If the lion still behaves aggressively, throw rocks at it.