Missouri farmer shoots mountain lion in cattle pasture

Missouri has another confirmed sighting of a mountain lion. And this time, there’s a body to prove it.

The state Department of Conservation says a mountain lion was shot and killed Sunday night by a farmer in northwest Missouri’s Ray County.

The animal was a young male who showed no sign of having been held in captivity. It weighed 115 pounds and was a little over six-and-a-half feet from its nose to the tip of its tail. Dogs had forced the mountain lion into a tree near where cattle were grazing.

The Ray County cat is Missouri’s 12th confirmed mountain lion sighting since 1994. The Conservation Department says genetic testing will help determine if it’s the same animal that was photographed in November by a landowner in nearby Platte County.

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