April 16, 2006 - Posted at 11:41 a.m. CST
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Michael Rich says he was driving his pickup in
northern Missouri when he caught a glimpse of something in the
distance crossing the road.
The construction worker swears it was a mountain lion.
Since 1994, hundreds of Missourians have reported spotting the
wild cat. But state conservation officials say only eight reports
have been confirmed.
The Missouri Conservation Commission took the mountain lion off
the state's endangered species list earlier this month. Officials
say landowners and livestock producers wanted the state to change
Conservation groups say Missouri should have offered more
opportunity for input before taking that step. The public will have
30 days to comment on the change in the animal's endangered status
once it's filed with the secretary of state's office.