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Kansas Mountain Lion Sighting

A motion-activated camera in Republic County, Kansas, has captured an image of a mountain lion. The species was eradicated from the Midwest by hunters and ranchers in the early 1900's. However, over the past decade, sightings have been popping up every once in a while of cougars dispersing from the west. Only a handful have been recorded in Kansas, but with the right legal protections these individuals could someday help the species recover the Midwest. In many of these states (such as Nebraska and Iowa) the cats are currently being shot and killed on sight. Fortunately, it appears the Kansas cougar is still alive and on the move.



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