Mountain Lion Shot And Killed In NW Iowa

Tue 6-27-2017

(Galva)-- Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources today (Tues.) shot and killed a female mountain lion near Galva in Ida county.

Bruce Trautman, deputy director of the Iowa DNR, says the action was taken after a livestock producer found a dead calf that showed evidence it had been attacked by a large cat.

In addition, authorities in Ida county say they received numerous 911 calls Monday evening from a landowner who reported seeing the mountain lion.

Trautman says the DNR typically uses lethal action as a last resort in a situation like this, but he says it appears the 88 pound animal was targeting young livestock. He added livestock producers are within their rights to protect their livelihood.

Trautman says this is the first confirmed female mountain lion in Iowa. It's the fourth mountain lion killed in Iowa. The most recent prior to this was in 2013 when a four-year-old male was shot in Sioux county.

There have been 21 confirmed mountain lions in Iowa since 1995. DNR officials say most of them came to Iowa from western South Dakota and Nebraska.

They add mountain lions are not listed as a furbearer and have no protected status in Iowa.