Mountain lion sighting in Shannon Cou...

Mountain lion sighting in Shannon County confirmed

There are 11 comments on the Springfield News-Leader story from Sep 21, 2012, titled Mountain lion sighting in Shannon County confirmed. In it, Springfield News-Leader reports that:

Jim Smith, who runs a large trail-riding business in Eminence, said he could remember a time when bear sightings were rare in that part of Missouri.

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Trumann, AR

#1 Oct 1, 2012
With news like that getting around,it might be a while before he spots trail riders in the area,too.

Wentzville, MO

#2 Oct 1, 2012
There are a bunch of lions here, but the conservation wont say that. just like the bears, they claimed there wasnt a breeding population or very many around until recently. i have been lucky enough to see both.
just me

Ozark, MO

#3 Oct 1, 2012
I haven't personally seen the bear yet but I have seen 3 big cats with one of them being black. The black one sat on H hwy after being hit last year for almost a week. I have been hearing them around here for a long time so no way you can convince me they aren't here.

Oklahoma City, OK

#4 Oct 25, 2012
I own property in central northern Howell County that is on the Texas County line. I saw a black cat during muzzleloading deer season in November 2002.

I reported it a few months later while visiting the (then) new Department of Conservation building in West Plains.

An agent whose name was Sean Pennington, as I recall, attempted to convince me it was probably a BOBCAT. HAH I grew up watching the Wild Kingdom and know the difference between a BOBCAT and a BLACK CAT (cougar, mountain lion, puma, panther whatever you want to call it) estimated to be 16" tall at the front shoulder, approximately 24-30 inches long, and covered about 40 yards in about 2 - 2-5 seconds - like an arrow out of a bow!

I told Mr. Pennington that I know what I saw and he kinda laughed. I told him that if I saw it again I would shoot it and he could see it for himself. He blurted out, "You CAN'T! They're PROTECTED!" What an unusual response for something that doesn't exist.

If it decided to attack someone in the woods, there is NO WAY a person could evade harm. NO WAY!

Around that time period, I ran into a guy at Signal in Mountain View and shared my story. He said, he too, had seen a black cat in the Mountain View area.

On a side note, on a county road a few miles west of Sims Valley lake, I saw an animal I did not recognize -certainly not one of the usual suspects in the Ozarks.

It was not until several years later, while I was thumbing through a "Cats of the World" book in the waiting room of the vet's office on the south end of Willow Springs that I saw it - undoubtedly, what I saw that night years before. Native from south Texas to Central America, it was a JAGUARUNDI in the Ozarks! Believe it or not, I know what I saw.

Trumann, AR

#5 Oct 25, 2012
We ride in the Hartshorn,MO area north of where you are talking about at Mountain View.They've seen them up there,too.

Oklahoma City, OK

#6 Oct 25, 2012
agree wrote:
We ride in the Hartshorn,MO area north of where you are talking about at Mountain View.They've seen them up there,too.
My sighting was between King Mountain and Sims Valley Lake and north about 5 miles to the county line.

United States

#7 Oct 25, 2012
They are everywhere. we see them around reynolds all the time. black bear also.

Springfield, MO

#8 Jan 26, 2013
sounds like someones pullin some sign of a flim flam.....

Branson, MO

#10 Jun 23, 2013
omg wrote:
With news like that getting around,it might be a while before he spots trail riders in the area,too.
they's a thinning we b a grinnin!

Trumann, AR

#11 Jun 28, 2013
Wildlife biologist

Mount Juliet, TN

#12 Nov 22, 2013
Never in the history of the United States has a BLACK cougar ever been shot, trapped, found dead, been hit by a car, photographed, videotaped, or in any other way, shape, or form, ever been verified. Black cougars do not exist. Cougars are always tan. Rarely does a black leopard or jaguar occur. But leopards are in Africa and Asia, and Jaguars are in Central and South America. The only "large" cat in the continental United States is the cougar (or mountain lion, or panther, or whatever you want to use as a common name), Felis concolor, and they are never black. Although I don't know what you did see, I assure you, it was not a black cougar. There is no such thing.

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