Two mushroom hunters find big game instead. A decomposed carcass of an adult mountain lion discovered on a Platte River Island near Yutan, Nebraska.
Everett Cole and a friend had been on air boats last weekend when they stopped on a small deserted island. Cole said, "He was lying under a log and my friend asked how big a deer is it? I said it's not a deer, it has a tail and teeth. I said its more like a mountain lion."
Cole was right and they removed the head and tail from the decomposed body. But instead of keeping those as trophies they called the Game and Parks Commission.
Game officers went to the island to retrieve the remains and took the head and tail for further analysis. A Game and Parks wildlife expert told Channel Six News the head was from an adult mountain lion. The remains have been placed in a freezer until Nebraska's big cat expert returns from out of town. Various tests will determine the sex of the mountain lion and when and how the animal died.
The expert said mountain lions do swim. The big cat could have crossed over to the Island when the river was low or iced over.
Everett said the carcass was about three to four feet long and the tail about two and half fee long.