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Confirmed mountain lion sighting near Eminence

(Source: Missouri Department of Conservation) (Source: Missouri Department of Conservation)
EMINENCE, MO (KFVS) -

The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed a mountain lion sighting southwest of Eminence.

The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed a trail-camera photograph of a mountain lion taken Sept. 20 at the Rocky Creek Conservation Area southwest of Eminence.

The photo shows a mountain lion moving away from the camera.

Widely scattered mountain-lion sightings have been confirmed in Missouri.

Recent confirmed sightings include two trail-camera photos in Shannon County and one in Oregon County. A cougar was also shot by a landowner in Texas County.

The MDC has not determined if the Rocky Creek, Shannon County and Oregon County photos are of the same animal.

Evidence indicates the animals are dispersing from other states to the west of Missouri, according to the MDC.

A mountain lion that was killed in Connecticut was genetically traced to South Dakota in early 2011. The MDC has not confirmed evidence of a breeding population in Missouri.

The MDC encourages reports of mountain lions settings, but can only confirm those with physical evidence such as hair, scat, footprints, photos, video, a dead cougar or prey showing evidence of mountain-lion attack.

Reports of sightings can be emailed to mountain.lion@mdc.mo.gov, or by contacting local conservation agents or the Response Team at 573-882-9909, ext. 3211, or 573-522-4115, ext. 3147 or 3262.

According to the MDC, mountain lions are naturally shy of humans and generally pose little danger to people, even in states with thriving breeding populations.

Mountain lions are protected by law, but Missouri's Wildlife Code does allow people to protect themselves and their property if they feel threatened.

For more information, search "mountain lion" at www.mdc.mo.gov.

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