The KW&P made a positive identification on one that was hanging around the University of Kansas-West Campus several months ago. Apparently they analyzed the feces and confirmed it was a mountain lion. No pictures though.
Good to hear from ya. I got your other reply. what town you from? i actually live about 10 miles from Lawrence. have heard of a lion around that area and around Clinton lake for years. Didn't know about the newest findings though.
Do most of my hunting a little further west from here. had quite a few sightings there, but KDWP won't verify that.
what kind of hunting you do out west?
No doubt there has been some here. I don't think they are living and breeding here. They are just passing through. I've heard plenty of stories about them here in KS, but I firmly believe people get way too excited and start running their mouths just so they can be the "great story teller". Usually the problem is that most of these "hunters" have never spent anytime hunting or observing bobcats. So when they see one (which is usually just for a split second), they don't have enough experience seeing how diffrent each bobcat really is. Some are small, skinny, bulky, tall, dark, light, short tail, a little longer tail, vibrantly spotted, some spots are almost transparent, etc... Each one is diffrent, so if what they saw doesn't live up to the image they have in their brain...."well it MUST have been a Mountain Loin I just saw" they say. Again, I don't doubt that some have been seen, but 99% of those who "SWEAR" they saw one are usually full of s#*t.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...