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Whoops: Mountain Lion Shot Near Marengo Male, Not Female

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    April 26, 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Turns out the mountain lion shot by a Cedar Rapids hunter north of Marengo Monday wasn't a female after all.

    Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials said Tuesday night that the mountain lion was originally thought to be a female, but was later determined to be a male. Officials had said the cat was originally believed to be the first wild female mountain lion found in Iowa in the modern era.

    This is the first confirmed sighting in Iowa in more than five years, and the fourth mountain lion killed in Iowa. Ron Andrews, state furbearer biologist with the Iowa DNR, said all other lions confirmed in Iowa were young males, as was this one.

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