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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Leanne Forbis February 18, 2011 | 2:54 p.m.

Looks like someone will be able to go big game hunting with MDC blessings once again. Even though Mt Lions are a protected species, you can kill them if you feel afraid. So the group of hunters near La Plata who had rifles to hunt coyotes and the guy with the dogs and the gun who was hunting raccoons all had legitimate reasons to shoot the mountain lions that they shot-or at least that is what MDC says. This lion in Linn County doesn't have a chance.

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Greg Allen February 19, 2011 | 7:29 a.m.

It needs to be a little clearer than shooting them if 'you are afraid'. It's closer to 'if you are threatened'. We tend to feel afraid of things we aren't familiar with that could hurt us.

What makes a mountain lion attack? Hunger. Surprising it. Threatening it. Being around its food. Being near its young. These are really reclusive animals; they avoid humans if at all possible. It's not possible to educate them on the difference between a pet or livestock and a wild animal as a food source; if they're going to be around then we will lose an occasional calf. If you set your dogs on them, they will defend themselves. It doesn't mean that they are bad or evil.

If you know how to act around a mountain lion it's unlikely you will be in danger. We shouldn't kill something just because we're unfamiliar with it.

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Fritz Otweiler February 19, 2011 | 8:15 a.m.

Hey MDC--Columbia is full of youg males looking for mates too, but nobody makes the mistake of insisting they're all from out of state. Lions, lion spoor, lion tracks, and lion kills have occurred in the Southern part of the state, far from the river corridor MDC insists they are following; in the middle of the state, far from the Arkansas forests MDC insisted they were coming from; and twice since fall in North Central (Linn county is not central Missouri) Missouri, far from both alledged sources. For forty years, fresh-faced MDC agents have pompously denied the credibility of lifelong Missouri landowners, farmers, and woodsman who have known damned well what they have seen. Housecats do not have three-foot long tails; bobcats do not take grown sheep by the throat and drag them backwards, still kicking, from the field to the woods. If you stretched your own fence, and know how wide the span is between posts, you can accurately estimate the size of any object seen against that fence from across a field, without a measuring tape, binoculars, a gun, or a college degree. MDC is a world-class organization, but it's credibility will continue to wane until it begins to confess its error regarding Missouri's increasingly restored resident mountain lion population.

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