K-State to Record Kansas Puma Sightings

November 2002 – Extension News

By: Stacy Campbell

Mountain lions were the Midwest’s abominable snowman through much of the 20th century – sighted, yet never backed up by proof.

Wildlife expert Charles Lee is asking Kansans to help him create a record at Kansas State University of state sightings from as far back as five years ago. Lee is hoping that gathering enough information about the fairly precise location and date of recent sightings or track discoveries will give us a better idea of the odds that puma really are in Kansas. "It might even give us an idea of where wildlife biologists could start looking."

Kansans can call in reports to Lee at 785-532-5734 or to Audrey, a research assistant with the Kansas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, at 785-532-6070.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AUDREY AND ANOTHER ASSISTANT ARE NO LONGER WITH THE EXTENSION WILDLIFE - PLEASE CALL THE NUMBER LISTED FOR CHARLES LEE, IF HE DOES NOT ANSWER, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE AND CONTACT NUMBER AND HE WILL CALL YOU BACK.(NOVEMBER 2009, Jackie Langholz)