Woodland stream.

Mountain Lion Shot Near Marengo

Another one of the very few mountain lions to ever be confirmed in Iowa has been killed. Thirty minutes after discovering the young male lounging in a tree, deer hunter Raymond Goebel shot and killed the rare cat. The only reason it took him a half hour was because he called DNR to be sure it was legal and also obtained permission from the land owner. Only a handful of lions have ever been found in Iowa since they were killed off decades ago - these are believed to be young dispersing males from western states attempting to recolonize the range - and this one was the first sighted in over five years. Although the Iowa Department of Natural Resources does not encourage people to kill mountain lions, they have yet to make it against the law or extend any protections to lions. Until attitudes and polices change, mountain lions may not stand a chance of surviving in Iowa.



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