Live Mountain Lion Capture in Mark Twain National Forest
CENTERVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) - Here’s a sound you don’t want to hear in the middle of the night:
Mountain Lion, Courtesy National Geographic
All the stories you’ve heard about mountain lion sightings in Missouri appear to be true. A mountain lion was trapped, alive, in Reynolds County which is just a little over one hundred miles south of St. Louis.
Wednesday morning, Reynolds County Commissioner Wayne Henson called the Conservation Department saying he captured a mountain lion in a live trap in the Mark Twain National Forest. Hemson was hoping to catch bobcats, coyotes, raccoons and other critters. The mountain lion came as a big surprise.
Henson brought the cat to Centerville, which created quite a stir in the small community. It was turned over to conservation agents, who weighed, measured, tapped it for DNA and then transported it to the Current River Conservation Area where it was released back into the wild. The conservation department reports the mountain lion is a two-year old, that weighed in at 122 pounds and is in good shape. Something to keep in mind if you’re planing a camping trip in that neck of the woods.
Conservation Agent and MDC Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer said all wildlife is protected under the provisions of the Wildlife Code of Missouri. However, the Code provides for the taking of wildlife during prescribed hunting and trapping seasons and under other circumstances, such as when mountain lions are attacking or killing livestock or domestic animals or threatening human safety. MDC has not stocked mountain lions in Missouri and has no plans to do so.
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