The wild can be a mysterious place, and this was recently proven in Johnson County, Iowa. Last weekend, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed a mountain lion sighting. This adult female weighed 116 pounds and had been tracked by the DNR since last spring, due to photos taken by residents and hunters in the area. In the end, the mountain lion was shot by two lawfully licensed hunters who were out at night calling for coyotes west of Swisher.
This sighting is both rare and remarkable, as mountain lions are not native to Iowa. In fact, the DNR confirmed that the mountain lion had never caused safety issues for residents or livestock in the area. The DNR also noted that the mountain lion was seldom if ever seen by people in the area.
The mountain lion was shot and killed in Johnson County, Iowa, and the DNR is now in possession of the animal. In order to protect the safety of residents and livestock, the DNR encourages hunters to be aware of their surroundings and to use caution while hunting.
This rare sighting of a mountain lion in Iowa serves as a reminder of the wild and unpredictable nature of our environment. It’s a reminder that even in the most unlikely places, the unexpected can happen. While this mountain lion was never a safety risk to residents or livestock, it’s important to be aware of our surroundings and to use caution while hunting.