Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Saturday, 19 April 2014
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
 
KSCB Radio News US National Business Health & Science Political World Sports Top NPR Headlines Sports
State Verifies Mountain Lions In Kan.
10/21/2009

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) staff have verified that a mountain lion was photographed by a deer hunter northwest of Wakeeney. The sighting is the first ever live wild mountain lion documentation in Kansas, although many other reports have been received in the past.

The hunter who took the photographs was sitting in a tree stand when the mountain lion materialized near a pile of corn the man was hunting over. The hunter grabbed his camera and took multiple photos as the lion approached within 10 feet of the tree stand. The animal looked up at him, then moved out of sight. The entire encounter lasted less than a minute, and the lion never stopped walking.

"KDWP received photographs of the animal, and staff were able to verify that the location was in Kansas, and the story seemed legitimate," said Matt Peek, KDWP furbearer research biologist.

Although the origin of this mountain lion is unknown, mountain lions have appeared with varying frequency in other Midwestern states since the 1990s, presumably moving from western populations that have increased for decades. Most of these animals have been young males, which are capable of moving hundreds of miles in search of females and suitable habitat.

This is the second apparently wild mountain lion verified by evidence in Kansas in modern times. In November, 2007, a young male mountain lion was shot by a landowner in Barber County. Prior to that, the last documented occurrence was in 1904.

"KDWP receives numerous reports of mountain lion sightings annually," Peek added, "but almost all have either been cases of mistaken identity or lacked physical evidence indicating a mountain lion had been present."

There is no open hunting season for mountain lions in Kansas. Landowners may kill wildlife on their premises, including mountain lions, for damage to property or for being in or near buildings, but such animals may not be possessed with intent to use.

© Copyright KSCB News
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Weather Blamed For Fatal Accident In Southwest Kansas
Missing Guymon Woman Found Safe In New mexico
Syracuse Man Arrested On 11 Counts Of Child Pornography
Discarded Smoking Materials Keep Guymon Firefighters Busy
Kansas Poised To End K-12 Tenure
Local Soldier Graduates From Lackland Air Base
Math, Reading Test Results May Not Go Public
Kansas Gets Extra Time In Voter Registration Case
Redskins Win 5 State Relays
Sebelius Considering Run Against Roberts
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
A Good Friday for Saints Baseball  
Seward Sweeps Pratt in Home Finale
Poetry Reading To Be Held Wednesday At ACCC/ATS
Beaver Cow Chip's Got Talent Winners
Beaver Cow Chip's Got Talent Winners
Liberal Kicks Past Great Bend
Seward-Cloud Pushed Back and Seward-Pratt Moved Up
Crusader Staff Wins Awards At KCM
Kansas Unemployment Remains Unchanged
Syracuse Man Arrested On 11 Counts Of Child Pornography
Click Here For All Stories
Click Here for KSCB Talk Radio 1270 am
Click Here for B107.5
Click Here for The Legend 102.7
click Here for ozzBlog
Click Here for the Kansas Lottery

©2014 Seward County Broadcasting Company, Inc.
1410 N. Western Ave. Liberal, KS 67901

Emergency Alert System | EEO Public Report Form | The Public and Broadcasting

Powered by Radio Media Group