Mountain lion spotted in Branson, MDC says sightings will continue

Mountain lion spotted in Branson, MDC says sightings will continue

Mountain lion spotted in Branson, MDC says sightings will continue

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 8:05 PM

BRANSON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken by a trail camera on Oct. 31.

The mountain lion was seen on private land near Branson in Taney County.

According to MDC’s Mountain Lion Response Team, widely scattered mountain-lion sightings have been confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue.

Some sightings or photographs of mountain lions may be of the same animal, but MDC cannot confirm individual animals without DNA evidence.

The MDC says the increased sightings are due to mountain lions dispersing from states to the west of Missouri.

MDC has no confirmed evidence of a breeding population in Missouri.

Reports of sightings can be e-mailed 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.

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 does allow people to protect themselves and their property if they feel threatened.

Reports of sightings can be e-mailed 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.

 

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