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Mountain Lion Email Hoax

Summary:
Email claims that a giant mountain lion was shot by a hunter in the US state of Kansas (Full commentary below.)



Status:
False

Example:(Collected online, 2004)
Got this from one of my friends at [NAME OF COMPANY REMOVED]. This mountain lion was shot near Leon, Kansas. This guy is a friend of one of the guys who works with my friend. He was going deer hunting when he heard his neighbor's cows making noise. He discovered this cat attacking some calves.

He shot and reportedly the cat jumped 8 feet into the air, ran about 100 yards, and died. The man in the picture is over 6 feet tall and the cat weighed over 200 pounds.




Commentary:
An email has been circulating that describes the shooting of a giant mountain lion in the US state of Kansas and supposedly incudes a photograph of this animal.

However, The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reports that this is a hoax. The organization has received dozens of enquires about the hoax email. The photograph attached to the hoax email was actually taken from an earlier edition of the Boone and Crockett Club's magazine, Fair Chase. The lion in the image was shot near Seattle, Washington.

Reference:
Mountain Lion Email a Hoax.


Write-up by Brett M. Christensen