Police, DNR Investigating Reported Mountain Lion Sighting in South Side Backyard

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Police said they have received another report of the mountain lion roaming the streets of Des Moines. Dixie McClelland sent Channel 13 this photo from the backyard of her house in the 7500 block of SW 17th Street on Des Moines’ south side.
Photo: Dixie McClelland
Police said the animal in the photo appears to be a mountain lion, but they were unable to find it. The Iowa DNR is also investigating the sighting. A DNR expert does not believe it is a mountain lion because the animal’s color is wrong and it appears to be missing some of the markings around its eyes and face that are characteristic of a mountain lion. The expert said it is hard to determine because the photo is blurry. If you see the mountain lion, call police. This latest potential sighting places the mountain lion in a similar area of its last recorded sighting on the south side. The animal was lasted spotted back on May 10 by a doorbell camera near SW 16th and McKinley Avenue.
The mountain lion was first spotted in Des Moines on May 8. Police first received surveillance video showing a mountain lion outside a home in the area of 31st Street and Interstate 235.


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