KDWP confirms Fourth lion

Kansas now has its fourth confirmed mountain lion, photographed by a trail camera along the Republican River in Republic County.

Matt Peek, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks furbearer biologist, confirmed the photographs.

"Everything seems to check out," Peek said Thursday. "We don't have any reason to believe foul play."

A visit to the site where the photographs were taken, however, resulted in no evidence of the lion's presence being found.

Peek said that's because there's a lot of leaves on the dry ground.

"And it's a very thick area," Peek said of the undergrowth along the river bottom area.

While the photographs are distinctive enough to show that it was a mountain lion, Peek said they didn't offer any clues as to the age or sex of the animal.

More than likely, he said, the animal hails from the western population, which would include both Colorado and South Dakota.

The confirmed sighting is the fourth in Kansas since a lion was killed in 2007 in Barber County.

That was the first lion spotted in Kansas since the last known lion was killed in 1904 near Victoria.

Last year, a second animal was confirmed, over a massive corn pile in Trego County. Earlier this year, a GPS-collared lion traveled along the western-most tier of counties.

-- Mike Corn, HDN

Youth pheasant season near

The 2010 Kansas youth pheasant and quail season is Nov. 6 and 7. During these two days, youth 16 and younger may hunt under the supervision of an adult 18 or older, but the adult may not hunt. Bag limit is two rooster pheasants and four quail.

Nov. 13 is the opening of the regular season for pheasants and quail, which runs through Jan. 31.