North Iowa Outdoors: Mountain Lion Sightings on Video

Department of Natural Resources Conservation and Recreation Division Administrator, Pete Hildreth, gave the Natural Resources Commission an update on recent mountain lion sightings during their meeting Thursday. He told the NRC members the advent of trail and other cameras has led to more videos showing the animals.

He says the number of mountain lions in the state is still very small.

Hildreth says the animals are capable of moving long distances across the state.

He says the DNR’s goals are to notify the public in a timely manner of sightings and provide technical assistance to individuals and communities regarding the best available scientific information. Hildreth says are some key things they always point out.

He says one thing he hears is that people are more apt to be killed by a dog or struck by lightning than being attacked by a mountain lion. Hildreth said he wanted to update the commission after all the news and social media reports of the recent camera footage of the mountain lions in Madison County.


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