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What is the penalty for hunting mountain lions in Kansas?

Hunting mountain lions in Kansas would be a Class C misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $500, said Rob Ladner, law enforcement supervisor for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

As reports of mountain lion sightings in Douglas County have become more numerous this fall, Ladner said his phone had been ringing with people wondering about that question.

"Since we don't have an established season in Kansas, it's illegal for them (hunters) to take mountain lions," he said.

There's always an exception to the law, such as if the animal is doing damage to your property or livestock, he said.

Each case would be considered individually, he said.

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