Mountain lion shot near Marengo has been determined to be a male,
not a female as originally reported. This version corrects an
earlier version reported this afternoon.
Mountain Lion Shot Near Marengo
DES MOINES - A mountain lion was shot near Marengo, Monday
afternoon, by a deer hunter participating in Iowa's second shotgun
Raymond Goebel, Jr., of Cedar Rapids, was hunting with a group, 4
miles southwest of Marengo. The group had decided to sit around 3:30
p.m., and watch for deer on the move. Goebel looked over his left
shoulder and something caught his eye about 15 yards up in a tree.
He looked through the scope on his gun and couldn't believe what he
"It is what I thought it is," Goebel said.
About 30 minutes passed when another hunter in the group a short
distance away stood up. Goebel waved him over and pointed to the
figure in the tree. After discussions about the legality of shooting
it and gaining approval from the landowner, Goebel shot the cat.
Brad Baker, state conservation officer with the Iowa Department
of Natural Resources, said the mountain lion weighed about 125
pounds, and although originally thought to be a female, biologists
later confirmed that it was a male. Baker said the condition of the
teeth and claws and the lack of markings from ear tags lead him to
Ron Andrews, state furbearer biologist with the Iowa DNR, said
all other lions confirmed in Iowa were young males as was this one.
This is the first confirmed sighting in Iowa in more than five
years, and the fourth mountain lion killed in Iowa. Mountain lions
have no protection in Iowa and while the Iowa DNR does not encourage
people killing a lion they come across, it is not against the law.
There had been reports of a mountain lion in the Tama area that
Andrews investigated and he said the evidence did not point to a
mountain lion, but it was difficult to find because the
investigation occurred in the summer. Andrews receives two to three
reports of mountain lion sightings per month from across Iowa, but
finding confirming evidence is difficult.
These animals in the Midwest travel great distances in a short
time looking for other cougars, he said. "They are not here in great
numbers," Andrews said. "But this shooting will likely prompt many
additional unconfirmed sightings. Our experience investigating these
reports has found that more than 90 percent are mistaken identity
for bobcats, yellow-colored dogs or deer, which are the same color
as mountain lions."
Goebel said he plans to have a full body mount of the mountain
lion. The DNR will receive the stomach contents, and tissue and
blood samples for DNA analysis.