Marion County deputy reports mountain lion sighting

Friday, July 8, 2011 | 10:53 a.m. CDT

WEST QUINCY — It isn't a confirmed sighting, but a deputy sheriff in northeast Missouri says he got an up-close look at a mountain lion.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that Marion County deputy Eric Dudley was on patrol in West Quincy on June 30 when a mountain lion walked in front of his patrol car, went into an overgrown area and stalked a raccoon.

A Missouri Department of Conservation official went to the area looking for evidence, but could not confirm that what the deputy saw was a mountain lion.

Conservation officials say an adult mountain lion can weigh from 90 to 200 pounds. Bachelor males often travel along waterways — West Quincy sits along the Mississippi River.


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