Missouri Conservation Department
The season’s total was up about 7,400 from last year, but roughly 13,000 below the 10-year average.
The big cat was turned over to conservation agents, who weighed, measured, tapped it for DNA.
Officials are encouraging hunters this month to help monitor free-ranging deer for chronic wasting disease.
Conservation officials attribute the lower numbers to warm weather and less deer activity.
Missouri’s Conservation Department celebrates the expansion of the trout hatchery near Bennett Spring State Park later this month.
The Conservation Department is in the middle of three-year study that involves catching, weighing, measuring and releasing blue catfish in the two lakes.