JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A hunter who went out to bag a deer met instead a 148 pound mountain lion, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
In a news release by the AGFC, Douglas W. Ramer, 62, of Bastrop, Louisiana said he was hunting in Bradley County when a mountain lion moved toward his deer stand. The hunter shot and killed the mountain lion because "he felt threatened".
The mountain lion was killed east of Hermitage Saturday morning, the first day of the statewide modern gun deer hunt.
The carcass of the mountain lion was given to biologists with AGFC.
According to state regulations, "non-game wildlife (except migratory birds and endangered species) that present a reasonable threat to people or property may be shot during daylight hours or trapped without a depredation permit."
Ramer has not been charged with any violations.
According to AGFC, five mountain lion sightings have been reported in Arkansas and confirmed in the last five years.