There’s been another possible mountain lion sighting in Iowa. This time, the animal reportedly followed a woman who was jogging near railroad tracks.
It happened near Sibley in northwest Iowa. Osceola County Deputy Seth Hoffman says the sighting was reported around 9:40 a.m. Monday.
The woman said the animal followed her for a while before entering a ravine near a creek. Deputy Hoffman responded and said he didn’t see anything the first time, but went out again with Sheriff Doug Weber and a couple of hunters with coon dogs.
Hoffman says they did find what they believe to be mountain lion tracks. The group took several pictures for D.N.R. officials who may be able to confirm the tracks are those of a mountain lion.
Hoffman says he has heard several reports of local sightings of mountain lions. But at this time, he doesn’t feel it poses an immediate threat, as mountain lions generally run away once they sense humans are near them.
By Scott Van Aartsen, KIWA, Sheldon