JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - A possible mountain lion sighting in a Jefferson County backyard turned out to be a bobcat.
The resident took photos and reported the animal last Thursday. The Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed the animal to be a bobcat.
Conservation agents say mountain lions are occasionally spotted in Missouri, but there is no evidence of a breeding population. They are naturally shy of humans, and prey on deer and other medium-sized animals. Bobcats will kill livestock and pets.
Anyone who encounters a mountain lion or bobcat should remain calm. Small children should be held, and dogs should be kept on leashes. Do not make quick movements or run. You should make your presence known and slowly back away, leaving the area. Prepare to defend yourself from aggressive animals using any weapons available.
For more information about the cats and to report sightings visit the Department of Conservation's website.
NewsChannel 5 intern Calandra Jones-Jackson contributed to this report.