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Mountain Lions Confirmed in Missouri!

Cautionary Note:

If you live in an area
where mountain lions
 (aka: cougars)
have been sighted,
or in the vicinity of
 where their tracks
have been confirmed,
and you encounter one,
do NOT imitate their prey by
"turning tail and running!"

At the very least,
carry a sturdy stick
with you and
slowly back away.

Cougars have attacked,
and in some cases killed,
joggers and hikers.

There is at least
 one instance
of a cougar
 attacking a
 bicycle rider,

-- Bike Bob

Here are some articles

regarding confirmed

(mountain lion)

cougar encounters

in Missouri:

Mountain Lions In Missouri

(June 2, 2006 - Missouri Conservationist)

Includes comparative photos

of cougar and dog tracks;

notes specific characteristic

differences between the two.

Also includes a listing

(not current)

of confirmed

cougar sightings

in Missouri.,4

Cougar Sighted in St. Louis Suburb”

(Fri., Jan. 21 2011 -  St. Louis Riverfront Times)

Includes photo & graphic MO map

pinpointing previously confirmed

cougar sightings

throughout Missouri. 

 “Camera captures mountain lion in Chesterfield”

(Friday, January 21, 2011 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Includes photo. 

“Camera records cougar in Chesterfield

Sighting is third since November”

(Friday, January 21, 2011 - The Columbia Daily Tribune)

“Columbia conservation scientists study cougar

(January 3, 2011 - The Columbia Daily Tribune)

Shows photo of cougar recently killed in Ray County, MO.

Update: Mountain Lions in Missouri

(March, 2011 - Missouri Conservationist Magazine)



(From the March, 2011 issue of the Missouri Conservationist)

follow these safety tips:

Southern Missouri man captures a live mountain lion

Living With Large Carnivores - (March 20, 2012 - by Jeff Beringer - The Missouri Conservationist) - Black bears and mountain lions are making their way back to Missouri. While some of these animals are only passing through, others are likely here to stay. Learning about our new neighbors is both interesting and important for safe interactions.  -

Cougars Are Returning to the U.S. Midwest after More Than 100 Years

Ripley County Farm Trail Cameras Confirm Mountain Lion Sighting (Photo) - (November 1, 2012 - by Paul Davis - Southeast Missourian) -

Mountain Lion In Southern Missouri Confirmed - (Feb. 15, 2013 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch) - Mountain lion sightings are on the rise in Missouri, with the latest in Carter County in the southern part of the state.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed a mountain lion on the Peck Ranch Conservation Area. A motion-activated camera took a picture of the animal on Feb. 2, showing the mountain lion walking away from what officials say is the carcass of an elk.

The conservation department receives hundreds of calls about mountain lion sightings but has confirmed just 39 since 1994. However, 27 of the confirmed sightings have occurred since 2011.  -

Mountain Lions
In Missouri

(5-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Mountain Lions Are Spotted In Region

Cougars likely to recolonize middle part of U.S. within the next 25 years - (November 6, 2015 - University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering - ScienceDaily) - New research shows that cougars may repopulate areas of Arkansas, Missouri and Nebraska in the next two decades.  -

Cougars could save lives by lowering vehicle collisions with deer

How To Survive A Mountain Lion Attack

Here’s why you’ve started to see armadillos in the St. Louis area

Confirmed Mountain Lion Reports In Missouri

Confirmed Report Of Female Mountain LionIn Missouri

Mountain Lions Sound Far Less Intimidating Than You'd Expect

Mountain Lions Under Attack Here In The U.S.

Mountain Lion On High Sierra Hiking Trail, CA - (Video)

The Mysterious Mountain Lion: The ‘Bigfoot’ Of Big Cats - (Video)

All About Mountain Lions