Mountain Lion Spotted In NW Kansas

Officials have confirmed a new mountain lion sighting in Kansas, this one in the northwest part of the state.

According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism wildlife biologists a mountain lion sighting in Rooks County. The big cat was near the community of Webster.

A remote trail camera photo was taken on August 3rd. This is the 11th verified sighting of a mountain lion in Kansas since 2007.

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.

There have been more than 50 confirmed sightings in Missouri since 1994, while Kansas has now reported 11 during that period.