First confirmed female mountain lion in Missouri since 1994
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State conservation officials said they have confirmed the presence of the first female mountain lion in Missouri since 1994.
The Missouri Department of Conservation announced Friday that saliva left on a dead elk in Shannon County confirmed a female cat was in the area.
Conservation biologist Laura Conlee said the partially eaten elk was found in February 2016, and evidence confirms the mountain lion killed it.
DNA from the saliva indicated the cat originated from Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska.
All previous mountain lions confirmed in Missouri have been males.
Conlee said there is no evidence that Missouri has a breeding mountain lion population.