Forget Bobcats and Coyotes: Cougars Spotted in Numerous Dallas Neighborhoods City’s New Biggest Threat (With Infographic)

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Prepare: It’s not just bobcats and coyotes in North Texas. We’ve got a large population of cougars, too.

Everyone is abuzz with the coyote and bobcat sightings all over town, from Plano to East Dallas. These are the new most feared words in North Texas:

“You need to know that a coyote has been spotted out here tonight.”

Several house pets have been killed, and homeowners are alarmed that the coyotes are becoming, well, BOLDER:

In an academic paper for Purdue University, (Robert Timm, a University of California wildlife specialist), outlined several warning behaviors that sound like what we’ve been seeing in East Dallas in the last couple months: an increase in coyotes seen on the streets or in yards at night, coyotes killing pets and especially daytime appearances of coyotes.

Coyotes schmoyotes. Now there’s a different, more fearsome animal you’ll see much more of in North Texas: Cougars.

They are independent, strong, beautiful women of a certain age with definite luxe real estate leanings—full marble master baths with book-matched marble not only on the floors and counters, but up the wall to keep those claws sharp, and a keen (green) eye for style: it’s celadon, dammit, not teal.

Kitchen with dual sinks are a must for visiting South American pumas. Handscraped hardwoods are her floor of choice (doesn’t show scratches), and she will not sniff a house without ensuite baths and at least three powder rooms (gotta check on the sleek looks). 

Most out on the prowl are harmless, though they are crepuscular. A college student jogging in Preston Hollow after dusk was recently picked up by a PH cougar driving a black S-Class who insisted he get in her car, and let her take him home to protect him from the wild coyotes roaming the streets. He didn’t know who to fear more. He succumbed, and she dropped him at his door without a scratch.

Others, have not been so lucky, especially with the mid-cities cougars who have exhibited irrational, aggressive behaviors, such as trapping 18-year-olds.

We’ve talked to several concerned businesses and homeowners alike around DFW to find out where these cougars are most likely to be spotted, usually crouching, and gauging just how dangerous they are. (Only 20 people in North America have been killed by cougars between 1890 and 2011, including six in California.) Seeing them in the wild—like at the recently sold Waggoner Ranch—is such a thrill! We have no doubt some will soon be seen at the Crespi Estate/Walnut Place and also down at the former residence of Margaret and Trammell Crow. (Margaret is watching, you cats!)

Truth be told: their coats are to die for.

Just be careful if you’re a 20-something man with big guns. These cougars are bold, confident, devour real estate, and are dressed to kill.

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1. Rattlesnake Bar at The Ritz-Carlton

The first cougar sighting we received reports of was at this swanky Uptown bar. Said cougar was spotted flirting with the bartender, trying to find men of any age with Black cards and at least a Jet-Linx membership, ordering a Bombay Sapphire and tonic with a twist.

2. NorthPark Apple Store

A Dallas cougar is nothing if not well connected, and one was recently spotted intently discussing the rumored September release date of the iPhone 7 with a hunky GeniusBar employee. She purchased a new iPhone 6, got his digits, and crept into the night. Afterwards, he phoned housekeeping to vaccum the fur off the white tables.

3. Bliss Spa 

Located on the 16th floor of the W Dallas – Victory, Bliss Spa is where weary cougars come to get rejuvenated, whether by elevator or climbing the walls. They are usually wearing dark glasses —you might mistake them for large raccoons. Several sharp-eyed Dallasites saw a cougar getting a signature triple oxygen treatment here, all the while speed-texting her new boyfriend (and really annoying her esthetician). Rumor has it he was an oblivious plastic surgeon about to patent a painless hair removal system.

4. Exhale Spa

Cougars are in charge of their own destinies—no one tells them how to live life! Staying strong is essential, so it’s no surprise we got reports of several cougars taking the Core Fusion Barre class at Exhale Spa in the Highland Dallas Hotel. Off the record, some cats were said to be trading a few Vicodin tabs. No pain, no gain.

5. Hillstone at The Plaza at Preston Center

Lean protein is a dietary staple for cougars. A 25-year-old server at Hillstone (who also wished to remain anonynous) reported waiting on a cougar last week, who ordered a sashimi tuna salad at lunch while lounging on one of the cozy leather corner booths, tail swishing languidly. After paying her ticket with a Virgin America Visa,  she left a 30-percent tip and invited him for drinks that night. That Virgin card later turned out to be stolen.

6. Highland Park Village

Dressed in a classic Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress and Louboutins,  and carrying a $2,000 Tom Ford handbag in her paw, a Park Cities cougar was reported prowling around after work at Highland Park Village. She asked if Chanel was discounting any of the bags stolen in the January 18 burglary (the nerve!), and stopped at Tom Ford for their smudge-less black mascara before slipping into Café Pacific for a drink in the warm glow of mahogany and marble. Her tail was next seen slithering onto Bistro 31’s patio.

Where have you seen cougars in Dallas? Leave us a comment! 


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Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for

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  1. LonestarBabs says

    Cougars are all over Collin County, with an especially concentrated cluster in Frisco. Used to be especially prevalent in Plano but they are fanning out into surrounding areas, although West Plano is still a hospitable environment for them.

      • LonestarBabs says

        They are often spotted at all hours at the various restaurants and watering holes in The Shops at Legacy, and the 121/DNT area around Granite Park. The Shops at Willow Bend, especially the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, is an occasional haunt but not as popular with the cougars as in the past. However, The Shops at Willow Bend has become more “family oriented” and can be an upscale stroller rink during the day while attracting teens whose MILFs drop them off to flex their Louis Vuitton wallets. Cougars in training?

        Farther west in Collin County, the area around 121/Legacy — Stonebriar Commons — is gaining popularity and increased sightings of cougars have been reported there.

  2. allyson says

    ADORABLE – and absolutely PERFECT for today!!!

    was that YOU, Karen Lukin, spotted at Hillstone??? xoxo

  3. Kathy says

    Sexist story! Plenty of older men looking for a hot young babe to prop up their waning libidos and oversized egos. Where are they found? How about you write a story making fun of them? But when men do it, it’s okay. Women doing the same we call Cougars. Its a sign of our superficial and me first society/culture. Your story props up the imbalance of male privilege and power. What makes these women feel they have no value other than their wealth, clothes, handbags and sexual attraction? We make fun of them but we never look at what the why of this sad behavior. What makes a woman feel so powerless that she has to act this way? What does it say about the status of women in our culture that fake big boobs and promoting one’s “bang-ability” the norm?

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