A mountain lion is seen walking through a Leander neighborhood Monday night.
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A home security camera captured something unusual Monday night: what appears to be an adult mountain lion walking briskly through a Leander neighborhood.

Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

A new pedestrian path has opened along a stretch of the 183A toll road, connecting Leander and Cedar Park. The five-mile, ten-foot-wide path cost $3.1 million dollars and opens in conjunction with the second phase of 183A construction.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is in charge of the project, and spokesman Steve Pustelnyk says the CTRMA hopes people will use the path for recreation and commuting to work. 

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Leander residents whose homes were destroyed by a 30 acre wild fire yesterday have been allowed back into the area.  Fifteen mobile homes in the Horseshoe Trailer Park were consumed by flames. Michael Smolenski lived in one of them with his teenage daughter.

“This all we can afford. Now it was a decent place to live, but it’s gone now. Nothing left," he said.

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Fire fighters are still snuffing out the remaining flames of a 30 acre wildfire that destroyed fifteen homes in Leander Monday.  Almost 200 homes were evacuated. 

The blaze occurred in an area off Horseshoe Drive near County Road 274, just west of State Highway 183.  You can see the area in this map.

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“It doesn’t take a big fire to have significant losses,” Texas Forest Service spokesperson April Saginor told KUT News. “We’ve seen 300,000 acre fires this fire season that haven’t destroyed many homes.”