Dead cougar likely had an owner
Posted on Thu, Oct. 28, 2004
BY BECCY TANNER
A mountain lion was found dead shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday night in
Authorities with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks said the young animal showed signs of being pen-raised.
"It was a young one, only 50 to 60 pounds, and had been declawed and its canine teeth had been filed down," said Rob Ladner, Region 2 law enforcement supervisor for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
Ladner said a preliminary exam also showed that the animal had been dead for several days before its body was dumped in southwest
Because a KWP officer had been on that road about five hours earlier, officials believe the mountain lion had been dumped there to appear that it had been hit by a vehicle.
"We have not been able to verify if this animal belonged to a few people in the area who have permits for mountain lions or if it might have belonged to someone who was keeping one illegally without a permit and then dumped it there," Ladner said. "They did try to make it appear like the animal was crossing the road."
Authorities determined the mountain lion had no broken bones -- which would have been expected in a vehicle death. There were no gunshot wounds or bite marks.
Although the last confirmed wild mountain lion kill in
And earlier this year, there were unconfirmed reports of a mountain lion spotted on the KU campus.
KWP authorities said Wednesday that there are some privately owned mountain lions in
At a meeting today in
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