Another mountain lion has been documented in Kansas.
According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, a hunter in Rawlins County had quite the surprise this month when checking his trail cam photos. A lone mountain lion was caught in a couple frames.
The clarity of the shots provide a crystal clear image of the animal’s signature long, upturned tail and the nearby blind serves as a great size reference.
This is the 16th confirmed mountain lion in the state to date.
Reports of confirmed mountain lion sightings have increased over the past decade in both Kansas and Missouri, but experts say there are no signs that the animals are reproducing in either state.
Most of the mountain lions, also known as pumas, panthers, catamounts and cougars, that make their way into the states are males that wandered away from the Black Hills, Badlands and northwestern Nebraska.
Mountain lion populations were devastated by hunting and a shortage of prey in the early 1900s, but researchers say they are recolonizing in the Midwest.