Reports of mountain lion sightings increasingly common
le say they arein the city limits, I’m doubtful that it is a wild mountain lion.”
If it is a mountain lion, Ladner says, it is probably an illegally kept one that escaped and hasn’t been reported because it’s a crime to have one in the first place.
Bobcats are much smaller than mountain lions. They have a much smaller tail and also can vary in color. Also, mountain lions are very reclusive, while bobcats are more likely to invade public space.
There have been eight confirmed mountain lion sightings in Kansas since 2007, and most of them have been in remote parts. The closest confirmed sightings to Topeka have been in northern counties, such as Atchison, Nemaha and Republic. All three of those were officially documented with trail cameras. Ladner said mountain lions have a roaming range of 100 to 150 miles, and the cats in northern Kansas are coming from Nebraska, where a population has been documented.
As for the reports he hears that mountain lions are released into the wild to help with the deer population, Ladner said that is “strictly coffee shop talk. Nobody in Kansas does that.” Additionally, he said the department doesn’t use monitoring or tracking devices on the wi