Mountain lion (Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation)
PLATTE COUNTY, Missouri - While some people were spotting great sales on Black Friday, one
Missouri man spotted a big cat on his northwestern Missouri
The Missouri Department of Conservation visited with the Platte
County landowner to confirm the mountain lion sighting.
Mountain lions are nocturnal creatures that typically avoid
contact with humans.
The MDC identified claw marks on the tree where the mountain
lion was photographed and collected some fur samples for DNA
Jeff Beringer of the MDC’s Mountain Lion Response Team
said “more than 90 percent of mountain lion sightings turn
out to be bobcats, house cats or dogs.”
The MDC has received more than 1,500 reports of mountain lion
sightings since 1994, but only 11 have been confirmed.