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Three more tell of
mountain lion sightings

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

Several more Platte County residents have contacted The Landmark to tell their stories of presumed mountain lion sightings.

One resident who called in was Janice Rowell. According to Rowell, in the spring of 2005 she saw a mountain lion on her property north of Farley, between Platte City and Leavenworth, Kan.

According to Rowell, in the morning around 6 a.m. she routinely goes to the barn on her property to feed the horses, then returns to her house to make breakfast. Rowell said that before she had even left the house to feed the horses she could hear a screeching noise coming from a gully between two ponds on the property.

Rowell said the gully is a popular area for foxes to make dens in the overflow pipes.

When it became light enough outside, Rowell was able to see why the foxes were making the noise. She said she saw the foxes running up and nipping at a mountain lion, trying to lead the lion away from the fox den.

“I called the wildlife agent, but by the time he got there it was gone,” said Rowell. “He insisted I had seen a coyote.”

Rowell said the mountain lion was about 1,000 feet away when she saw it.

Rowell said she knows the difference between a mountain lion and a coyote.

“I worked for a veterinarian, I know the difference between a canine and a feline,” said Rowell.
Rowell added that the foxes only return to her property when the coyotes do not.

The Platte County Clerk told of a mountain lion she sighted near the northern part of the county. Sandy Krohne said she saw a mountain lion on a fall day in the early 1990s.

According to Krohne, she was heading to work from her home in the northern part of the county around 7:30 a.m. and had just rounded the corner from Cox Road to head north on Highway V.

She rounded the corner at about 35 miles per hour because of the sharp turn and then stopped her car after she saw the mountain lion standing in the middle of the road.

Krohne said the lion was about 30 to 40 yards away and just looked at her for a few minutes before walking across the road and into a field. According to Krohne, the field had wheat stubble and the mountain lion walked across the field to a row of trees on the other side.

“I grew up in Colorado and know what a mountain lion looks like,” said Krohne.

Krohne described the animal as being over 100 pounds and with a long tail.

She has not seen one since then.

Another person says she heard a mountain lion at her property. According to Sharon Aring, she and her husband had just returned home from a vacation in the fall of 2002.

Aring lives east of Platte City along Highway B.

In the evening she was unpacking her suitcase and realized she had lost one of her diamond earrings, so she grabbed a flashlight and went outside to look in the car for the earring.

When she got out to the car she heard an animal “scream” several times from an area of tall grass about 100 feet from her home.

She slowly walked back to the house. When she reached the front door she turned around and pointed the flashlight in the area where she had heard the sound.

When she pointed the light at the grass it lit up the eyes of what she says was a mountain lion in the grass.

“I saw its eyes and it scared me to death,” said Aring.

Two weeks after she heard the noises and spotted the big cat, a mountain lion was struck and killed by a vehicle near the intersection of Interstate 35 and 29 in Clay County.

There have only been 10 confirmed mountain lions in the state of Missouri since 1994.

For more information about other sightings of mountain lions in Platte County and information about mountain lions visit The Landmark website at

If you have a mountain lion story, let The Landmark know about it. Shoot an email to or call 816-858-0363.

The Landmark
began this series of stories on unconfirmed mountain lion sightings in the county after Landmark office manager Cindy Rinehart says she spotted one on her property in northern Platte County about a mile west of the Camden Point exit off of Interstate 29 last month.


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