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2010-12-01PLATTE COUNTY, MO |  By: Wayman

Mountain Lion Confirmed

A land owner in southern Platte county near the Missouri River showed a photo of the rare cat on his property he took the day after thanksgiving. The Missouri Department of Conservation has a mountain lion response team and members visited the site as part of the investigation. It turned up enough evidence to convince the experts. Of the 1,500 reports of mountain lions in Missouri since 1994, just 11 have been confirmed including this latest Platte county case. Officials say 90% of the cases turn out to be bobcats, house cats, or dogs. The conservation department says there have been no documented cases in the show me state of mountain lions attacking livestock, people, or pets.