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Sighting in Platte County, Missouri

On Friday night, a mountain lion in a tree was photographed in western Missouri -- a state that killed off all it's mountain lions more than eighty years ago (the last one was shot in 1927). Currently, the nearest population of lions is about 600 miles away in Colorado. But since lions typically roam home ranges encompassing a hundred square miles or more, it's completely possible this lion dispersed from Colorado on a long journey into Missouri in search of food and a mate. Missouri Department of Conservation officials have confirmed a few sightings of lions in the state during the past 16 years. These individuals give hope that someday the species may reestablish itself in the Midwest.



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