PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion caught on camera in Pulaski County.
The young lion was spotted on private land, far from where a mountain lion should be according to Conservation Department resource scientist Jeff Beringer.
He said a hunter set up a motion camera to get an idea of how many deer he had, and the lion strolled by.
Beringer told KMOX, “I suspect that they were dispersing from their home range looking for a female.”
He said there have only been 41 mountain lion sightings in Missouri’s history and those may not all be different cats.
It’s extremely rare a mountain lion would go anywhere near a human, but Beringer says if you ever see one raise your arm, scream and let them know you’re there.