Thursday 13 April 2017

NEWSLINK: Mountain lion transient but making presence known in state

Although mountain lions were common in Oklahoma and elsewhere in the plains prior to European settlement, they were eradicated during the 19th century.

As the countryside was settled and developed, the large predators were shot. People also killed almost all of the deer, the mountain lions’ primary food source.

Because mountain lions are reclusive animals, it’s hard to know exactly when and where they are present.

Most mountain lions in Oklahoma are transient — just passing through. There is no evidence of residential mountain lions in our state. They can come from the Dakotas and tend to follow river systems down through Colorado and the panhandle of Oklahoma and continue into New Mexico.


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