A deer hunter in Labette County, Kansas has captured a mountain lion on his trail camera, the first recorded sighting in two years in Kansas. Mountain lions are not a native Kansas species, but are known to traverse broad areas when looking for mates, new home ranges, or food.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism officials traveled to the site and confirmed the authenticity of the photo, taken September 24th of this year.
For now, KDWPT officials do not believe that mountain lions are staying and making a home in Kansas but rather, just passing through. This could change in coming years with a shrinking deer herd in neighboring Colorado.