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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