The October 15, 2002 Independence Examiner
ran an Associated Press story of a mountain lion (Cougar, Puma) weighing about
100 pounds and measuring seven feet from head to tail, being struck and killed
by a vehicle as it tried to bound across "Interstate 70" in "Kansas
City" at a location "North of the Missouri River." The accident was evidently
investigated by someone from the Platte County office of MDC.
I'm guessing that the accident occurred on I-35 or
I-29, not I-70, because I don't know of any place where I-70 runs north of the
Missouri in Kansas City and because the Platte County office of MDC got
involved. Anyway, I think it is an interesting story. According to AP, the last
free-roaming Mountain Lion known to exist in Missouri was found in the
bootheel in 1927. Efforts are being made to discover if the late interstate
highway Mountain Lion escaped from captivity, and, if so, where, or if it was a
wild animal that somehow found its way to or near to Kansas City. (Until
the investigation is completed, Mountain Lions seen in this state are probably
A few years back, we had an elk running around
Independence, which kept crossing highways and getting struck by cars.
Eventually, it was determined to have come from Montana or Wyoming, or some such
place many hundreds of miles away. If an elk can make it here under its own
steam, perhaps a Mountain Lion can too, although I doubt this one got here that
If anyone hears more about the Mountain Lion,
please let us know about it.