A potential cougar spotting, a fledging bald eagle and a street-wise turkey are just a few of the unusual and interesting items worth discussing this week in the great outdoors.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism on Thursday evening reported that game wardens had confirmed a mountain lion sighting in Rooks County, located just north of Hays in north-central Kansas.
Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Mo., was recently named America’s Best New Attraction after it was voted on by readers from a list of nominees by USA Today.
A new Topeka attraction and a Missouri wildlife center are among those leading the vote for a prestigious national tourism award.
Tuttle Creek State Park staff and local experts will host a free, public afternoon trapping and predator-calling workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at the park office, 5800 A River Pond Road in Manhattan.
Pre-registration isn’t required to attend.
The founder of one of the largest sporting goods companies in the world is set to open up the “Disney World of the Outdoors” just 3 1/2 hours away from Topeka.
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Among bills floating around Washington, D.C., right now is a bit of legislation designed to drastically curb the Endangered Species Act.
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Confirmed mountain lion sightings have been on the rise in Kansas for the past decade.
From 1990 until 2005, there were no confirmed reports of mountain lions in Kansas, according to Cougarnet.org, though one had been confirmed near the Missouri side of Kansas City. Between 2005 and 2010, however, the number of confirmed spottings in Kansas rose to six. Since 2010, there have been 10 more confirmations, with the 16th and most recent confirmed spotting in late September 2016 in Rawlins County.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.