September 07, 2011
Missouri Landowner Shoots, Kills Mountain Lion
By Chad Love
For the second time this year, a landowner has shot and killed a mountain lion in Missouri.
From this story on Missourinet.com:
The latest mountain lion to appear in Missouri has been shot and killed in Texas County by a landowner. The adolescent male will be DNA tested for evidence of its origin. It is the latest in a series of mountain lion sightings in Missouri this year. Three miles away in Shannon County, a landowner’s trail camera capture the image of a cougar July 29. Another camera caught a shot of one August 23 northeast of Alton. Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer says the Department of Conservation believes the cougars seen in the state this year are all males from the Black Hills in South Dakota, looking for mates.
Those cougars that have yielded DNA samples in Missouri have all traced back to South Dakota. Beringer says young males are forced to leave their native territory and will roam until they find a mate.
The habitat in Missouri is good for mountain lions, but he says no females have been found here since the mid 1990s. The Department believes, then, that there is little chance that the young males will stay in Missouri. The state has not been thought to have a breeding population since the late 1920s at the most recent.