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(Jefferson City) – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion on private land in Shannon County approximately nine miles west of Eminence.

MDC officials say an image of the animal was captured on a trail camera September 29. The name of the landowner and the property location are not being released at the request of the landowner.

According to MDC’s Mountain Lion Response Team, mountain-lion sightings have been occasionally confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue. Evidence indicates these mountain lions are from other states to the west of Missouri that are passing through in search of mates or territory. MDC has no confirmed evidence of a breeding population in Missouri.

Mountain lions are naturally shy of humans and generally pose little danger to people, even in states with thriving breeding populations. Although mountain lions are protected by law, Missouri’s Wildlife Code allows people to protect themselves and their property if they are threatened.

For more information, visit mdc.mo.gov.

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