Monday, March 28, 2011

Mountain lion sighting verified in Oregon County

Another mountain lion sighting has been verified in Missouri. This time, the animal was seen a little closer to Southeast Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says that DNA tests show that a tuft of hair found on a fence post in Oregon County belonged to a mountain lion, according to a press release.

Conservation agent Jerry Elliot retrieved the mountain lion hair after a witness saw an adult mountain lion cross the road and jump over the fence.

The MDC said that this is the sixth mountain lion sighting in Missouri since November of last year, but only the sixteenth in modern times.

The last mountain lion was killed in Missouri in the Bootheel in 1927.


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