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Caught on camera: Mountain lion seen strolling through Arizona yard

The backyard camera caught a rare sighting of a mountain lion passing through an Oro Valley property.

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. — A late-night visit from a mountain lion was recently caught on camera at a residence in southern Arizona. 

Jack Welch of Oro Valley said the camera outside his bedroom window captured the mountain lion strolling through his property at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

It's the first time a mountain lion has visited Welch's property. Back in December 2021, the resident spotted a cougar lounging in his backyard and munching on a dead coyote. 

Welch managed to snap a few photos of the animal as it stood watch over its coyote carcass.

Mountain lions can be found in essentially every type of habitat in Arizona. But the big cats are known for being incredibly shy, secretive, and elusive, according to Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Credit: Jack Welch

Another mountain lion sighting in Arizona this past week didn't end so well. 

According to Game and Fish, wildlife officers shot and killed a mountain lion Sunday night in northwest Prescott after the animal attacked a dog. The agency believes the cougar was "one of several mountain lions that have killed three dogs and injured another three in the past four weeks." 

Credit: Jack Welch
Credit: Jack Welch

*Editor's Note: The above video is from an earlier broadcast.*

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