Mountain lion sighted in northern Missouri by trail camera

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 10:10 a.m. CDT; updated 10:25 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

JAMESPORT — Another mountain lion sighting has been confirmed in Missouri, this time in the north-central section of the state.

The Missouri Conservation Department said Tuesday that a trail camera photographed a mountain lion April 2 in Grundy County. The department confirmed the sighting this week.

Conservation officials said it's Missouri's 29th confirmed mountain lion sighting since 1994. Earlier this year, two mountain lions were confirmed in Reynolds County in southeast Missouri.

The department said it appears mountain lions in Missouri are largely young males moving in from western states and that there's no evidence the animals are breeding in Missouri.

Mountain lions are protected by law, but the state allows people to protect themselves and their property if they feel threatened.

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