Mountain lion killed near Rock Valley
December 09. 2013 8:09AM
A Department of Natural Resources officer and another man killed a mountain lion in northwest Iowa after determining it was a threat to people.
The DNR says a hunter spotted the mountain lion Thursday while checking a trail camera near Rock Valley. The town is 50 miles southeast of Sioux Falls.
The cat was about 40 yards away and didn’t move, so the hunter backed away. He returned with a neighbor and found the animal, which walked away from a buck it had killed.
The men called DNR conservation officer John Sells, who checked the area Friday afternoon.
While searching, one man almost stepped on the mountain lion, causing it to move.
The DNR officer and another man shot and killed it.
Sells said it was necessary to kill the animal because it was near houses with children.