The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed that a group of hunters killed a young male mountain lion west of La Plata on Saturday. According to conservation agents investigating the incident, the group was hunting coyotes on a landowner’s farm when several came within 20 yards of the big cat. None of the hunters had dogs. Members of the group immediately contacted conservation agents to report the incident. At this time, no charges have been filed since it appears that the cougar presented enough danger to the hunters to warrant the shooting. The animal weighed 128 pounds. Members of the MDC Mountain Lion Response Team will examine the animal to gather additional information, including DNA, to help determine where the big cat came from. This is the second young male mountain lion killed in Missouri this month and the fourth confirmed report of a mountain lion in Missouri since November.