Mountain lion confirmed in SE Kansas

(Courtesy Kansas Department of Wildlife)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State wildlife officials have confirmed that a mountain lion was seen in southeast Kansas last month.

A motion-triggered trail camera placed by a deer hunter captured a picture of the animal in Labette County

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said Thursday that staff members visited the site last week and verified the lion sighting.

The agency says it’s the 10th mountain lion verified in Kansas since 2007 but the first in nearly two years.

Biologists say most mountain lions in Kansas are young males who are searching for a good habitat. The Wichita Eagle reports ( ) the state has found no evidence of a reproducing population in Kansas. And there have been no confirmed cases of mountain lions attacking livestock in the state.


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