by Mike Colón
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a mountain lion sighting in our area. A picture of the animal was taken September 17th with a trail camera near the Wapsi River in eastern Clinton County.
DNR officials say that mountain lion sightings are actually pretty common in this part of the country, but most times it's a case of mistaken identity; witnesses often confuse a bobcat or a yellow-coated dog for a cougar.
They believe the big cat is only a temporary guest. Vince Evelsizer, a DNR wildlife biologist said Tuesday "When it comes to mountain lions, Iowa tends to be a place to pass through, but not to stay. It is very likely this animal will keep moving, if it's even still in the area, and will keep to itself."