Officials confirm mountain lion sighting in Linn County
Friday, February 18, 2011 | 10:26 a.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed another mountain lion sighting in Missouri.
The department said in a news release that the latest sighting was in southern Linn County, located in central Missouri. The department said a landowner contacted the department Tuesday with two photos of a mountain lion taken Dec. 29 by a trail camera.
Conservation Department resource scientist Jeff Beringer said the photo has been verified and the animal is a mountain lion.
The Linn County site is about 25 miles from where a mountain lion was shot and killed in Macon County in January. The latest sighting brings to five the number of confirmed reports of mountain lions in Missouri since November.
Beringer said those mountain lions appear to be young males searching for territory.
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