PRATT – According to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Law Enforcement staff, a dead female mountain lion was discovered by upland bird hunters in Rooks County on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The hunters contacted the local KDWPT game warden, who investigated at the scene.
Mountain lions are native to Kansas but populations ceased to exist in the state by the early 1900s. There is no hunting season on mountain lions in Kansas and they may not be killed without reason. The Rooks County mountain lion is the 20th confirmed in Kansas since 2007 and the second that has been killed.
Law Enforcement staff are continuing to investigate and encourage anyone with information to contact their local game warden, KDWPT office or the Operation Game Thief (OGT) hotline: 1-877-416-3843. The OGT hotline is toll-free and callers can remain anonymous.
For more on mountain lions and other rare animal sightings in Kansas, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Wildlife-Habitats/Wildlife-Sightings.