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Bobcat mistaken for mountain lion in Jefferson County

Photo taken by resident who made the bobcat sighting. (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Photo taken by resident who made the bobcat sighting. (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A bobcat was mistaken for a mountain lion earlier this month in Jefferson County.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, a resident of the county reported a possible mountain lion sighting in their back yard and took pictures.

The information was then sent to Missouri Department of Conservation Agents who confirmed the animal was a bobcat, not a mountain lion.

According to agents, mountain lion sightings have been occasionally confirmed in Missouri.

Evidence shows mountain lions are from the western part of the U.S. and pass through in search of mates or territory.

Mountain lions are said by agents to be naturally shy of humans and usually pose little danger.

Visit the Department of Conservation's website: mdc.mo.gov to learn more about mountain lions and how to report sightings.

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