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(UPI) Police in Texas said a mountain lion that wandered into a residential neighborhood was captured after residents were warned to stay inside their homes.

The Laredo Police Department posted a warning to its Facebook page on Sunday asking residents of the Santa Rita subdivision to remain inside their homes while officers and Texas game wardens worked to capture the cougar spotted wandering the area.

Police posted an update about two hours later including photos of the mountain lion being hauled away after being successfully tranquilized.

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The department said the animal will be returned to the wild after being assessed by game wardens.

"This is one for the books for sure," police wrote. These animals do not tend to enter heavily populated areas. However, the neighborhood is very close to the animal's natural habitat along the Rio Grande. This call is why there is no such thing as a routine day on patrol.

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