Claws for alarm: Wild cat shuts Texas zoo
No lyin’ — a Texas zoo was forced to close for the day after a wild mountain lion was spotted roaming around the park.
A security guard discovered the stray feline inside the El Paso Zoo at approximately 6 a.m. local time Friday and alerted authorities, Rick Isaias, lead public affairs coordinator for the city of El Paso, confirmed to the Daily News.
Officials have not been able to find the mountain lion in the hours since, and the zoo remained closed as the search continues.
The animal does not belong to the park, as the El Paso Zoo does not have any mountain lions in its exhibits. Isaias said it’s possible the big cat came from a desert area near the southwest Texas city.
“Safety is our top priority and that’s why the zoo is being closed,” Isaias told The News.
The zoo has enlisted Texas Parks and Wildlife to assist in the search.
No customers were inside the zoo when the animal was spotted.