_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._