Mountain Lion caught on camera in Chesterfield in January
By Talia Kaplan
Kirkwood, MO (KSDK) - Mountain lions are on the prowl in Missouri. The Department of Conservation was warning the public on Thursday night but, also alleviating some of their fears.
NewsChannel5 was at the packed meeting. All the snow we've had this winter has raised awareness that mountain lions may be living locally and that makes people very worried.
The Missouri Department of Conservation says they have been getting lots of calls recently, people saying they find tracks and that they have spotted a mountain lion.
Last month, a mountain lion was spotted in Chesterfield, near the populated neighborhood east of the intersection of Ladue and Olive Roads. That spotting was just one of four in Missouri since November.
The Department of Conservation says out of the many reports, some of the sightings turn out to be other animals, like dogs or bobcats.
So far, there have been no reports of mountain lions attacking people in Missouri, and no evidence of attacks on pets.
If by slim chance you come into contact with a mountain lion, be sure the lion sees you as a threat and not as prey. Keep facing it and do not bend down. Stand as tall as possible and do not turn your back and run.
Mountain lions are protected under the wildlife code of Missouri.
If you spot a mountain lion, or evidence of one, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation or the Mountain Lion Response Team.