Officers from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources killed a mountain lion today at a farm near Galva, Iowa, about two hours north of Omaha.
A nearby landowner discovered the cat Monday evening. Late last week, the same landowner found a dead calf that showed evidence consistent with an attack from a large cat.
“White-tailed deer and other wild animals, particularly the weak or injured, are often the preferred prey. But in this situation, it appears this mountain lion has targeted young livestock and livestock producers are well within their rights to protect their livelihood,” Bruce Trautman, deputy director with the Iowa DNR, said.
This is the fourth mountain lion killed in Iowa and the first since 2013 and the first confirmed female mountain lion in the state.