St. Louis-area residents told mountain lions are back

Friday, February 25, 2011 | 11:09 a.m. CST; updated 11:35 a.m. CST, Friday, February 25, 2011

KIRKWOOD — Mountain lions are on the prowl in Missouri and even in the St. Louis area, but the Missouri Department of Conservation says residents shouldn't be alarmed.

KSDK-TV reports that several people attended a meeting on mountain lions Thursday night in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood.

Conservation officials say they have been getting several calls from people saying they've seen mountain lions, or at least their tracks. Most of the sightings turn out to be other animals, though at least one mountain lion has been spotted in St. Louis County.

There have been no reports of mountain lions attacking people in Missouri, and no evidence they have attacked pets.

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