Wednesday, May 13, 2015

More Pictures: Mountain lion that died after car hit it in Missouri

A car hit and badly injured a mountain lion on Interstate 44 in eastern Laclede County, Missouri early Tuesday Morning. 



The Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers started hearing about the injured mountain lion around 4 a.m., but couldn't find it then.

The Troopers went back to the scene about 6:30 and found it still alive, and then killed it to stop its suffering; its legs were paralyzed. It was just east of the Gasconade River bridge on I-44.

This is the 54th mountain lion confirmation in Missouri since 2002. We encourage you to report any mountain lion sightings at http://mdc.mo.gov/node/4167. --Heather@MDC

From the MDC:

MOUNTAIN LION NEWS: Mountain lion news travels fast! A mountain lion was hit by a car on I-44 yesterday with severe injuries and had to be put down. It was an adult male and weighed 131 pounds. Tissue samples and teeth were collected to send off for genetic testing to determine origin and age of the mountain lion. This is the 54th mountain lion confirmation in Missouri since 2002. We encourage you to report any mountain lion sightings at http://mdc.mo.gov/node/4167. --Heather@MDC


(Pictures courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation)