I've had people tell me that mountain lions aren't really that common in Missouri and Illinois at least near the bigger cities. That's funny because a brand new trail cam video shows a massive mountain lion that's just been spotted near Columbia, Missouri.

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A YouTube channel with only a handful of subscribers called BrokenMonkey just shared a short but sweet 19 second video with this backstory of what their trail cam in Boone County just picked up:

While reviewing my trail camera video I stumbled across this! I frequently swap trail camera cards at night and had just returned from swapping cards just before midnight when I found this. Should I feel uneasy while in the woods?! This is the first mountain lion I have seen on my trail cameras but I have seen lots of foxes, coyotes, and bobcats (along with lots of deer).

Here kitty, kitty...

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, a mountain lion appearance in the Show Me State is "rare". However, look at all the mountain lion sightings listed on their map.

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Not only is this a "rare" mountain lion near Columbia, Missouri, it's also a massive cat. Best to be careful when you're in the backcountry on that next camping trip.

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