Mountain Lion Shot in Texas County
SUMMERSVILLE - A landowner in Texas County shot a mountain lion Monday after encountering it on his property.
The landowner then called Missouri Department of Conservation to report the incident, after which Shannon County Conservation Agent Justin Emery responded to the incident and conducted an investigation. Emery found no grounds for charges against the landowner, because although mountain lions are protected by law, Missouri's Wildlife Code allows people to protect themselves and their property if they feel they are in danger.
MDC took the male mountain lion, which will be used for educational purposes and DNA testing.
The incident occurred approximately three miles from a previous mountain lion sighting, where a Shannon County landowner's trail camera captured an image of a mountain lion on July 29. In a separate sighting, an Oregon County landowner captured an image on his trail camera of a mountain lion on Aug. 23 northeast of Alton.
MDC's Mountain Lion Response Team says that scattered mountain lion sightings have been confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue, as evidence indicates these animals are travelling from western states.
There has been no confirmed evidence of a breeding population in Missouri.
Reports of mountain lion sightings can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mountain lions are naturally shy of humans and usually pose little danger to people, even in states with thriving breeding populations.
For more information, visit www.mdc.mo.gov and search "mountain lion."