Mountain lion sighting confirmed in northwest Missouri

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 | 7:20 a.m. CST; updated 10:58 a.m. CST, Wednesday, December 1, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — State conservation officials have confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion in northwest Missouri.

The Conservation Department said a photograph taken last week by a Platte County landowner clearly shows a mountain lion in a tree on his property. The department also identified claw marks and collected hair samples from where the mountain lion was perched.

The department said it receives dozens of reports each year from Missourians claiming to have seen a mountain lion. But of more than 1,500 such reports received since 1994, just 11 have come with enough evidence to confirm the presence of a mountain lion. That figure includes the recent Platte County sighting.

The Conservation Department says there have been no documented cases in Missouri of mountain lions attacking livestock, people or pets.


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chris hayden December 1, 2010 | 8:56 a.m.

I knew there were mountain lions here in Missouri. I have been an avid bow hunter since 1987 and have seen enough to be able to say that. I have reported that and been told there is no way that a big cat is out there

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B. J. Jewett December 1, 2010 | 5:10 p.m.

We've seen a mountain lion near our property west of Columbia. We're certain that is what it was, but were unable to get a picture. It was amazing to see it from about 20 feet away.

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Louis Schneebaum December 1, 2010 | 6:27 p.m.

Most people don't realize that the cougar, puma, panther, mountain lion has one of the greatest ranges of any creature. They see you long before you ever see them. It'd be hard to speculate how many might be around -- makes you wonder about going on your next hike -- small (and even grown) people look like food to them. More worrisome than a black bear, who mostly hunts for berries and insects.

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Judy Cone December 2, 2010 | 8:22 a.m.

In 1993, I saw a mountain lion in the tree line along highway 63 just north of Mt. Pleasant church on the east side of the highway. When I called the Conservation Commission, my report was poo-pooed and I was told it was probably a bobcat. Well, I know it was NOT a bobcat. It was a mountain lion. There is a great deal of size difference between the two. I felt privileged to see such a magnificent animal.

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