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Confirmed Mountain Lion Reports

Map of mountain lion sightings

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Total Confirmed Reports Since 1994: 51

November 2014 — Taney County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera on private land. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the images and other signs at the location.

October 2014 — Madison County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera on private land. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the images and other signs at the location.

October 2014 — Carter County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera on private land. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the images and other signs at the location.

June 2014 — Oregon County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera on private land. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the images and other signs at the location.

October 2013 — Barry County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera on private land. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the images and other signs at the location.

March 2014 — Carter County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera on private land. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the images and other signs at the location.

November 2013 — Madison County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera on private land. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the images and other signs at the location.

October 2013 — Reynolds County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera on private land. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the images and other signs at the location.

September 2013 — Shannon County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera on private land. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the images and other signs at the location.

August 2013 — Carter County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera at Peck Ranch Conservation Area. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed these images and other signs at the location.

August 2013 — Pulaski County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed these images and other signs at the location.

February 2013 — Carter County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera at Peck Ranch Conservation Area. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed these images and other signs at the location.

January 2013 — Warren County

Three photographs were taken by a landowner's motion-activated game camera from December 9, 2012, though January 3, 2013. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photographs.

December 2012 — Warren County

Photographs were taken by a motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed these images and other signs at the location.

December 2012 — Carter County

A photograph was taken by a hunter's motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

December 2012 — DeKalb County

A photograph was taken by a hunter's motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

October 2012 — Taney County

A photograph was taken by a hunter's motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

October 2012 — Ripley County

A photograph was taken by a hunter's motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

October 2012 — Reynolds County

A photograph was taken by a hunter's motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

September 2012 — Shannon County

A photograph was taken by another landowner's motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

September 2012 — Shannon County

A photograph was taken by a landowner's motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

April 2012 — Grundy County

A photograph was taken by another landowner's motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

April 2012 — Grundy County

A photograph was taken by a landowner's motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

January 2012 — Reynolds County

A photograph was taken by a landowner's motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

January 2012 — Reynolds County

A private landowner caught a live male mountain lion in a large, cage-type game trap. The Mountain Lion Response Team collected DNA samples and determined the animal was about two years old with no signs of having been held in captivity.

September 2011 — Wayne County

A photograph of a paw print in mud was taken by MDC staff and verified to be that of a mountain lion by the Mountain Lion Response Team.

September 2011 — Reynolds County

Two photographs were taken by a private landowner. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photographs.

September 2011 — Shannon County

A photograph was taken on Rocky Creek Conservation Area by a motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the photograph.

September 2011 — Shannon County

A photograph was taken by a motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the image as being the same as the confirmed report in Shannon County in July 2011.

September 2011 — Texas County

Subadult male shot by a landowner. No obvious signs of confinement. DNA analysis revealed this mountain lion was likely a descendant of a South Dakota population.

August 2011 — Carter County

MDC received an eye-witness report supplemented with hair samples. Location origin of hair samples was confirmed by MDC staff. DNA analysis results confirm hair was from a mountain lion.

August 2011 — Oregon County

A photograph was taken by a motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the image.

July 2011 — Gasconade County

MDC received an eye-witness report supplemented with hair samples. Location origin of hair samples was confirmed by MDC staff. DNA analysis results confirm hair was from a mountain lion.

July 2011 — Shannon County

A photograph was taken by a motion-activated game camera. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed the location of the image.

May 2011 — Macon County

Citizen sent photos of tracks in a muddy creekbed. The Mountain Lion Response Team confirmed tracks to be those of a mountain lion.

March 2011 — Oregon County

Citizen reported observing a mountain lion jump a fence. DNA analysis of hairs collected at the scene confirmed species and revealed the mountain lion was likely a descendant of a Colorado population.

January 2011 — Macon County

Subadult male shot by coyote hunters. No obvious signs of confinement. DNA analysis determined this mountain lion was likely a descendant of a central Montana population.

January 2011 — St. Louis County

Photo of probable subadult disperser taken by motion-activated game camera.

January 2011 — Ray County

Subadult male treed and shot by raccoon hunters. No obvious signs of confinement. DNA analysis determined this mountain lion was likely a descendant of a South Dakota population.

December 2010 — Linn County

Photo of probable subadult disperser taken by motion-activated game camera.

November 2010 — Platte County

Photo of probable subadult disperser taken by landowner. DNA analysis of hair samples collected from the scene could not confirm ancestry.

December 2006 — Livingston County

A photograph of a probable subadult disperser was taken by a motion-activated game camera.

November 2006 — Shannon County

Tracks and deer carcass characteristic of a mountain lion kill were found.

August 2003 — Callaway County

An approximately 1 1/2-year-old male road kill. There were no obvious signs that it was formerly a captive animal. DNA analysis revealed its origin to be North America.

October 2002 — Clay County

A two- to three-year-old male road kill. DNA analysis revealed its origin to be North America.

December 2001 — Pulaski County

A photograph was taken by a motion-activated game camera. After a lengthy evaluation, it was determined that it was likely a small, subadult mountain lion.

December 2000 — Lewis County

A video was taken by a deer hunter from a tree stand.

January 1999 — Texas County

An adult-sized lion was treed by a rabbit hunter’s dogs. Tracks in the snow (photos taken) and two deer carcasses characteristic of lion kills were found nearby.

January 1997 — Christian County

A video was taken by a property owner. The animal’s behavior suggested it had once been held in captivity.

November 1996 — Reynolds County

A conservation agent video-recorded a mountain lion with a deer carcass.

December 1994 — Carter County

A small adult female was treed and shot by two raccoon hunters near Peck Ranch Conservation Area. The carcass was never recovered, but a photo was obtained of the animal on a truck tailgate. Federal authorities fined each hunter $2,000. In Nov. 1998, a deer hunter found the skinned pelt of a small adult, a female, with head and feet attached, near a remote Texas County road. Although evidence suggests this is the same animal killed in Carter County, it cannot be confirmed absolutely.

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