Mountain lion kills MDC elk, caught on film

2013-02-09T06:15:00Z Mountain lion kills MDC elk, caught on film Daily Journal Online
February 09, 2013 6:15 am

The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed the presence of a mountain lion on the Department’s Peck Ranch Conservation Area in northwest Carter and eastern Shannon counties. The confirmation is based on trail camera photos taken Feb. 2, and the carcass of an elk calf found on the conservation area that showed feeding consistent with that of a mountain lion. Elk are among natural prey for mountain lions.

According to MDC’s Mountain Lion Response Team, mountain-lion sightings have been occasionally confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue. Evidence indicates these mountain lions are from other states to the west of Missouri that are passing through in search of mates or territory. MDC has no confirmed evidence of a breeding population in Missouri.

Mountain lions are naturally shy of humans and generally pose little danger to people, even in states with thriving breeding populations. Although mountain lions are protected by law, Missouri’s Wildlife Code allows people to protect themselves and their property if they are threatened.

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  1. AlanP
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    AlanP - January 26, 2015 9:34 am
    Am I missing something? This story appears to be two years old. Look at the date on the photo. Slow news day? And the caption on the photo is misleading. The caption says, "The agency sticks with its story that Missouri does not have a resident mountain lion population." In reality, the MDC has said Missouri does not have a BREEDING population of couars. Every cougar they have dealt with, to this point, has been a young male cougar, most likely a transient from states farther west. Missouri could easily develop a breeding population if a few females show up. But, as yet, there is no proof of female cougars (the four legged variety) in the state.
  2. blasterrat1
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    blasterrat1 - February 14, 2013 6:26 pm
    We've had confirmed sightings for over twenty years now. I'd say we have a breeding population. I myself have seen five cats. Three of which were all in the same general area over a eight year period. Five total since 1994. Three in extreme southern Ste. Geneveive County on National Forest Land 94,98,2002. One very near my Home here in Northern St. Francois County. Nearby neighbor also seen a cat around the same time in 2010. One West of Bismarck in Washington County in 1995. The Cat I seen in 2002 was one BIG CAT. Every inch of six feet or more from nose to tail! 30 yards away moving from left to right. Very eerie and a frightening experience for me, A true eye opener that one never knows just what they may encounter in our Forest. My advice? BE PREPARED, YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN OUR FOREST! We have cats,bears,pigs,and a whole host of other wild animals right here in Missouri. Any one of which could be life threating if they were to attack a human.
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