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This widely circulated picture of a cougar purportedly killed in Leon, Kan., helped prompt a state legislative hearing on cougars.

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COUGAR!

In search of the phantom Menace

It was a dark fall night one decade ago when Marilyn Horsch says she first saw a mountain lion. She was in the final stretch of her daily drive home from work in Kansas City when, near the intersection of Stull Road and E. 400 Road, the full-grown cougar sprinted across the beams of her headlights, 25 to 30 feet in front of her.

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