Breakthrough Web Design - 641-201-1459 - Build Your Online Presence
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the North Iowa Region
• Founded 2010

Mountain Lion Shot Early Friday Morning in Iowa


This news story was published on December 23, 2011.
Advertise on NIT Subscribe to NIT

An adult male mountain lion was shot and killed early Friday morning by local law enforcement officers in the Monona County city of Blencoe.
The Blencoe police chief and a Monona County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a citizen’s call regarding the mountain lion around midnight on Friday. After finding the lion in a tree in the northwest part of town, the officers shot the lion.

The lion will be analyzed to determine its age, what it has been feeding on as well as DNA tests to try and determine its place of origin. The lion will eventually be mounted and used as a display somewhere in Monona County.

Iowa law does not provide wildlife protection to mountain lions.

Mountain lion sightings have been documented periodically in Iowa and DNR biologists believe that most of the lions seen here are likely young males that have been pushed from their native areas by older, dominant males. The lion likely came from a state west of Iowa.

Generally a mountain lion will sense human presence before humans know they are in the area and the mountain lions will quickly vacate the area.

Sightings of a mountain lion can be reported to local law enforcement or to DNR conservation officers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

 characters available

12 Responses to Mountain Lion Shot Early Friday Morning in Iowa

  1. Avatar

    Observer Reply Report comment

    December 24, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Peter, I am willing to bet that a mountain lion in a town or city, is reason enough to dispatch it. I have seen what they can do to livestock and humans in rural areas.

    In such cases, it becomes a fact of kill or be killed. And I don’t fancy myself being mauled.

    • Avatar

      Peter Reply Report comment

      December 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Arrogant humans. You encroach upon its natural habitat and give it no choice but to land upon human populated areas, and then you kill it.

    • Avatar

      Observer Reply Report comment

      December 24, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      Your correct Peter, animals should have more rights than humans. We have no right to exist!

    • Avatar

      msgordy Reply Report comment

      December 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      His meds were probably tested on lab rats in a controlled environment. I bet they were allowed to live to a ripe old age in appreciation…

    • Avatar

      Peter Reply Report comment

      December 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Geez Observer. I didn’t hear anything about that Mountain Lion attacking anyone. Last I heard it was hiding up in a tree. Then it was shot dead. Do you think you’re jumping to conclusions that the Mountain Lion automatically would have attacked humans?

    • Avatar

      Observer Reply Report comment

      December 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm

      Peter, you gonna stand under that tree and find out if it will attack you or not? You are daft.

  2. Avatar

    Peter take yojur meds Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    peter is off the reservation again

    • Avatar

      Peter L Reply Report comment

      December 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      No you’re right. Shoot and kill everything that comes your way. I’m swallowing my meds right now. Thank you very much sir for setting me straight.

  3. Avatar

    Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    My guess is the officer(s) took the actions they felt were needed to protect the public from any possible harm. You know as well as I do how some folks hate any type of authority figure, so no matter what the officers did or didn’t do, they would be considered wrong no matter what.

    • Avatar

      Peter Reply Report comment

      December 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      No, I don’t consider the officers wrong-no-matter-what. I consider them wrong because something out of the norm occurs ecologically, and they decide without consulting appropriate people that the animal has no inherent rights to exist…and they kill it…like brute force thugs. I think it’s actually quite interesting that a mountain lion made it to Iowa. I would charge those officers with animal abuse.

  4. Avatar

    Peter Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    So anything out of the ordinary is apparently subject to being shot and killed. Not sure if I like that policy much. Can anyone prove that mountain lions weren’t at one time free-roaming naturally occurring specimens in Iowa? Kill kill Kill. Xenophobia at it’s worst.

    • Avatar

      Great Idea Reply Report comment

      December 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      I wish we held same animal control policy on illegal aliens.