Teenager kills mountain lion while hunting in western Iowa

On average, tom cougars weigh between 150 and 155 pounds.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A teenager has killed a mountain lion on a hunting trip in western Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reports that 17-year-old Jacob Altena of Rock Rapids was hunting deer Saturday about a half-mile west of Akron when he encountered the animal.

The mountain lion, reportedly an 80-pound female, is believed to be the sixth killed in Iowa in recent history. Five previous kills have been reported to the Iowa DNR, which says there have been three confirmed mountain lion sightings in Iowa in 2017.

Mountain lions generally come from western South Dakota and Nebraska, which both have natural populations. The animals are uncommon in Iowa, but they are not listed as a furbearer and have no protected status in the state.

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