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Wildlife agency investigating possible mountain lion photo

(Source: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency) (Source: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)
OBION COUNTY, TN (KFVS) -

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating after receiving a photo of what appears to be a mountain lion in Obion County.

The photo was taken on Sept. 20 just after 8 p.m. by a trail camera. The trail camera date incorrectly labels the photo as taken on Sept. 19.

A TWRA official was unable to recover any tracks, hair, or other physical evidence from the scene.

Mountain lions are a protected species that cannot be hunted or killed in Tennessee.

There have been documented sightings of mountain lions in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Connecticut, and Kansas. Biologists believe these sightings were young males that left their home ranges in search of new territory.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) released a male mountain lion back into the wild after it was caught by a Reynolds County man in January 2012. The MDC released a photo of a mountain lion that was spotted in Carter County in Feb. 2013. The MDC also confirmed a mountain lion sighting southwest of Eminence in Sept. 2011.

Biologists say that if this sighting is a confirmed mountain lion that it does not necessarily mean there is an established population. The statement says there have been documented sightings of mountain lions in other nearby states including Kentucky. 

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