Seen a big cat lately one that might be a mountain lion? An area wildlife artist doing research on cougars is interested in talking to you.
Rural Baldwin resident Edwin Smith has been researching cougars for about three to four years in hopes of getting proof they no longer are extinct in this area.
"I've got over about 40 reports from this area, especially around in the Baldwin area," Smith said.
"Basically what I'm hoping to do is get enough information about where these cougars are being sited so I can actually photograph one and prove they are here," he said.
He said he hoped to soon contact an area couple who spotted what they thought was a mountain lion on Feb. 23 about one-fourth mile west of the intersection of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive.
The couple, Gaye Lindquist, Lawrence, and Rod Lamoreaux, Waterville, told the Journal-World they saw a cougar as they were heading east on Clinton Parkway near Yankee Tank Lake.
Smith, who saw a mountain lion last summer near Baldwin, has put together a detailed siting report form.
"Last summer I got reports of sitings of four or five different ones, including mine," he said. "The descriptions people gave, there were about four or five different cougars."
Smith invited those who have seen cougars in the area to contact him at 594-3960. He said he will keep the calls confidential.