Mountain lion sighting in Shelby Co. confirmed to be hoax

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A reported sighting of a mountain lion near the town of Bengal in western Shelby County was confirmed to be a hoax, announced the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Thursday.

On Oct. 10, a conservation officer responded to the area where the sighting was reported, but he was unable to uncover evidence of a mountain lion.

The officer later received a photo that reportedly was taken on a motion-sensitive game camera on the property near the original sighting location.  After further investigation, it was determined the picture originated from Missouri and was taken from the Internet.

The Department of Natural Resources said they have received 300 reports of mountain lion sighting in Indiana since April 2010.  However, officials said a vast majority of the reported provided no supporting evidence and many of the cases turned out to be canines.

Officials said there was a single confirmed sighting in May 2010 in Greene County.  However, officials were unable to determine if the mountain lion was wild or a former captive that had escaped.

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