DNR confirms Iowa mountain lion sighting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a mountain lion sighting in Madison County.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/17cPoF4 ) a farmer’s game camera caught an image of the mountain lion Oct. 13, about 10 miles north of Winterset.

DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says the animal appears to be a 2- to 3-year-old male.

It’s the first confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Iowa since last October, when Des Moines police killed one in a city neighborhood.

The DNR says there have been 16 confirmed mountain lion sightings since 1994.

Those sightings will likely become even less common in the future because South Dakota, where many mountain lions apparently originate, is issuing more hunting permits to reduce the population of the animals.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s