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Mountain lion spotted in Ripley County

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A mountain lion was spotted in Ripley County Monday, the second spotting this year in Missouri. (Source:Darren Killian, MDC) A mountain lion was spotted in Ripley County Monday, the second spotting this year in Missouri. (Source:Darren Killian, MDC)
Lee Ray Pickrell's trail cameras captured a male mountain lion on his property Monday night. (Source:Darren Killian, MDC) Lee Ray Pickrell's trail cameras captured a male mountain lion on his property Monday night. (Source:Darren Killian, MDC)
Lee Ray Pickrell has been using trail cameras for years, and this is the first time he has ever seen a Mountain Lion on his property. (Source: Darren Killian, MDC) Lee Ray Pickrell has been using trail cameras for years, and this is the first time he has ever seen a Mountain Lion on his property. (Source: Darren Killian, MDC)
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RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

When Lee Ray Pickrell set up trail cameras along his property, a mountain lion was the last thing he expected see. 

But that's exactly what appeared on his computer screen Monday.

"I was yelling at my wife, I was shocked," said Pickrell.

Pickrell lives along County Road K-5 on a Ripley County farm in southeast Missouri. 

He says there is a good concentration of deer where the big cat was spotted, so he believes it may had been sticking around for some time.

"I hope he's gone though, I hope never see him again, I'm tickled I got the picture," said Pickrell.

This is the first confirmed sighting in Ripley County, the second in southeast Missouri in the last few weeks.

"It's pretty common to see evidence that a mountain lion has been in the area, but to actually spot one on camera is the first I've ever seen," according to Darren Killian, a 13-year agent with the Missouri Department of Conservation in Ripley County.

With firearm deer hunting season just around the corner, there are some things hunters need to know if they ever encounter a mountain lion, according to Jim Low, a spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

"If a person sees a mountain lion in person and it doesn't immediately leave the area, try to look larger," Low said. "Don't ever turn your back on a mountain lion and back away from the area until you're out of sight of it. Should it attack, always fight back. many attacks ended when people fight back."

Low says that the department always wants to know if a mountain lion is caught or sighted.

Mountain lions are protected under the Missouri Wildlife Code.

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