DNR confirms Iowa mountain lion sighting

2013-10-22T06:16:00Z DNR confirms Iowa mountain lion sighting Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
October 22, 2013 6:16 am

WINTERSET (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a mountain lion sighting in Madison County.

A farmer's game camera caught an image of the mountain lion Oct. 13, about 10 miles north of Winterset.

DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says the animal appears to be a 2- to 3-year-old male.

It's the first confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Iowa since last October, when Des Moines police killed one in a city neighborhood.

The DNR says there have been 16 confirmed mountain lion sightings since 1994.

Those sightings will likely become even less common in the future because South Dakota, where many mountain lions apparently originate, is issuing more hunting permits to reduce the population of the animals.

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