Mountain Lions

Although rare, Mt. Lions are a transient species in the state. Photo Credit: Justin Shoemaker/USFWS Mountain-Prairie/Flickr
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Mountain Lion Sightings in Oklahoma

Mountain Lion Confirmations 2002 to present

2002 – McClain Co. – Male. Mountain lion was struck and killed by a motorist on I-35.

2004 – Noble Co. – Male. Radio collared mountain lion killed by train near Red Rock, Oklahoma. Came from the Black Hills of South Dakota.

2006 – Cimarron Co. – Male. Mountain lion dispatched while depredating livestock.

2006 – McCurtain Co. – Female. Illegally shot and killed by poachers. DNA linked to Pine Ridge of Nebraska.

2009 – Tillman Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph taken along Red River on private land.

2009 – Atoka Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph taken on private land.

2010 – Cimarron Co. – Male. Mountain lion illegally shot and killed by hunters. DNA linked to eastern Colorado.

2010 – Texas Co. – Male. Radio collared mountain lion released by Colorado Division of Wildlife in north central Colorado on October 30, 2009. On April 3, 2010 it walked into Oklahoma panhandle. This cougar established a home range in New Mexico and has since been legally harvested in that state.

2011 – Tulsa Co. – Female captured in Tulsa, OK. DNA linked to Black Hills of South Dakota. This female showed no signs of past reproduction.

2011 – Tulsa Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph taken north of Sand Springs, OK. (July, 2011)

2011 – Osage Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph taken, most likely same animal from previous confirmation. (Oct. 12, 2011)

2011 – Osage Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph taken, most likely same animal from previous confirmation. (Oct. 26, 2011)

2011 – Grady Co. – Sub-adult male hit and killed by motorist on Hwy 81.

2012 – Osage Co. – Gender unknown. Photograph taken by a hunter using his cell phone in Nov.

2012 – Osage Co. – Female. Dispatched by USDA-Wildlife Services on Dec. 11 for depredating livestock. DNA linked to South Dakota. This female showed no signs of past reproduction.

2013 – Cimarron Co. – Female. Illegally harvested by motorist on Feb. 4. This female showed no signs of past reproduction.

2013 – Cimarron Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph taken on private land in Nov.

2014 – Pawnee Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on Oct. 24.

2014 – Mayes Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph and motion activated video was confirmed on Oct. 31.

2014 – Logan Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on Nov. 19.

2014 – Hughes Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on Dec. 2.

2015 – Logan Co. – Gender unknown. 2 photographs were reported from properties less than a mile from each other. Confirmation was completed on Oct. 30. Both photographs are believed to be the same animal.

2015 – Pottawatomie Co. – Gender unknown. Photographs were taken by the landowner of a mountain lion on private property. This sighting is believed to be the same mountain lion from previous sightings in Logan Co.

2017 – McIntosh Co. – Gender unknown. Hair samples, tree scratch, and tracks indicated a mountain lion near the Canadian River on Feb. 1, 2017.

2017 – Cimarron Co. – Male mountain lion was killed by Wildlife Services after depredating sheep on April 2. DNA analysis puts Colorado as most probable point of origin.

2017 – Custer Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on Oct. 31.

2018 – Atoka Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was taken on April 8.

2018 – McCurtain Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photographs from 2 separate locations were confirmed on Oct. 5.

2019 – Mayes Co. – Gender unknown. Photographs taken by the reporting party were confirmed on June 19.

2019 – Adair Co. – Gender unknown. Tracks and sighting were confirmed on July 11.

2019 – Choctaw Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on July 29.

2019 – Roger Mills Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on October 22.

2019 – Johnston Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photographs were confirmed on November 23.

2020 – Osage Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on January 3.

2020 – Cimarron Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photographs that were taken from 12/16 to 1/26 were confirmed on February 17.

2020 – Pushmataha Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera video was recorded on June 3 and confirmed on June 18.

2020 – Pawnee Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on September 3.

2020 – Osage Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on October 2. Additional trail camera photograph was captured in same location on October 14.

2020 – Pushmataha Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on October 19.

2020 – Osage Co. – Gender unknown. Trail camera photographs and tracks were confirmed on December 6.

2021 - Cimarron Co. - Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on February 13.

2021 - Ottawa Co. - Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on August 26.

2021 - Pawnee Co. - Gender unknown. Trail camera photograph was confirmed on September 18.

2021 - Pittsburg Co. - Assumed male due to size of track and length of stride. Tracks were confirmed on October 19.