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Cougars appear to be traveling into Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and even across Texas

Mike Leggett, Outdoors

Missouri is nicknamed the “Show Me State,” folks there somehow having been compared in hardheadedness to a jackass. Hence the old saying: ‘He’s stubborn as a mule from Missouri.”

That state also is known for its music halls dedicated to aging country music icons and now another iconic animal, the mountain lion, so a new slogan could be “Home of Old Singers and Cougars.” Maybe that wouldn’t sound so good on a license plate, so let’s stick with mountain lion, a less confusing name and the most common among the animal’s many — catamount, puma and panther being among the others.

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