A mountain lion was struck by a vehicle and then managed to flee, according to Missouri Conservation Departments.
The Missouri Department of Conservation said it was first contacted about the collision with the mountain lions around 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23.
“No one was injured, but the mountain lion appeared to be injured and stunned,” authorities said. “It ended up running away from the scene.”
While conservationists confirmed it was a puma, they were unable to locate the big cat. They searched for it that evening and the next morning, according to a Jan. 24 Facebook post.
The mountain lion was struck off Highway T and Old Highway 100 a few miles north of Villa Ridge in Franklin County.
If you see the animal, experts said, don’t approach it. Stay a safe distance, officials said, and then call your local law enforcement agency or the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Officials don’t know the mountain lion’s exact size, gender or age, but they shared a photo of it on the road.
“Hopefully conservation agents can find him,” Tiffany Mitchell Door, who snapped the photo of the mountain lion before he ran away, said on Facebook.
This mountain lion is the third confirmed sighting in the department’s St. Louis area since 2011, according to the department’s Post.
Mountain lions are rarely sighted in Missouri since they were wiped out in the 1920s, officials said. There is no evidence that mountain lions were bred in Missouri, although there are confirmed reports of cougars across the state.
These cougars are believed to have migrated to Missouri from populations in western states, as young males seek their own territory and can travel hundreds of miles.
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