Unconfirmed big cat sightings continue in Indiana

This undated file photo shows a mountain lion. Lions need as much as 100 square miles for its territories. (AP File Photo/California Department of Fish and Game)
This undated file photo shows a mountain lion. Lions need as much as 100 square miles for its territories. (AP File Photo/California Department of Fish and Game)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Reports of possible mountain lion sightings across Indiana continue coming in even though state wildlife officials haven’t confirmed any since nearly four years ago.

Department of Natural Resources biologist Shawn Rossler says about 300 reports of possible big cat sightings have been made since early 2010.

Rossler tells The Herald-Times that one man made plaster castings of paw prints this week from a suspected big cat on his property near Morgan-Monroe State Forest outside Bloomington.

Rossler says those prints were likely left by a smaller animal, but that the DNR keeps reviewing reports.

The last mountain lion spotting confirmed by the DNR was in May 2010 from a motion-sensitive camera in a rural area just east of Bloomfield in southwestern Indiana.

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