Reports of mountain lion sightings increasingly common
Ladner said he has gotten mountain lion calls everywhere — from on the campus of Washburn University and The University of Kansas to Lawrence High School and near Heartland Park Topeka.
One time, Ladner said he received a call of a chupacabra in Topeka. Widely believed to be a mythical animal, Ladner said it is often confused with a coyote with mange.
Ronnie Duckworth, one of three animal control officers with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, also said he has never seen a documented case of a mountain lion in the area. Duckworth does deal with wildlife but not many mountain lion reports. When he does get a report of one, it is often passed on to the KDWPT.
“You never know what we’ll get a call on,” Duckworth said.
As for advice to the public if one believes they have seen a mountain lion: Get good evidence, such as tracks, photos or even droppings.
“Sometimes it’s hard not to be skeptical,” Ladner said, “but we do check them out as best as we can.”
Posted: September 23, 2012 – 3:30pm
By Eric Smith