This mountain lion was struck by a car on May 12, 2015, in Laclede County, on I-44 near the Gasconade River. Because of its severe injuries, it had to be euthanized. It was an adult male. As they disperse to find their own territories, young males often wander hundreds of miles. The ones that have shown up in Missouri have come from states to our west. Because biologists have not discovered proof of a breeding population in our state, the species is still considered extirpated here and indiscriminate killing is illegal. Any that are killed must be reported to the Conservation Department within 24 hours.