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HORSESHOE BAY — Authorities are warning residents to remain wary of a mountain lion after state officials confirmed one of the big cats likely brought down a deer.

But there is no reason to panic, say police and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“In all likelihood, if this was a mountain lion it has moved on through the area as they are known to range 20 to 200 square miles and our efforts to prove it is still around have been without confirmation,” state Wildlife Technician Dale Schmidt said. “There is no need for panic or to be overly concerned as there is a considerable food source with the over-abundant deer population in (Horseshoe Bay) which, along with the drought, is another reason the animal may be visiting the area.”