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.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...