Camera captures mountain lion in Chesterfield

21 Jan

BY STEPHEN DEERE • sdeere@post-dispatch.com

CHESTERFIELD • It’s impossible to mistake the big cat in the grainy black and white pictures — not with that distinct patch of white hair at its mouth, the muscled jaw line, bulging shoulders and sleek profile.

Call it a cougar, puma or panther.

The question is: What’s it doing in Chesterfield?

The Missouri Department of Conservation isn’t quite sure, but most likely the mountain lion was just passing through in search of territory or a mate.

The pictures taken Jan. 12 from a stationary wildlife camera mark the first confirmed sighting in St. Louis County since 1994, and the 13th in the state.

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