A mountain lion sighting has been reported in Brookings with confirmation provided by a surveillance photo.

It was seen near the 1100 block of 7th Avenue South on Tuesday night.

Officials learned of the sighting Wednesday morning around 8:30 a.m. after a local resident notified law enforcement that his personal surveillance camera captured the large cat walking through his back yard.

Brookings Animal Control and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks were also notified. Officers patrolled the area but did not spot the animal.

Mountain lions rarely approach humans, but it’s best to take precautions.

Be vigilant of your surroundings when engaged in outside activities. Parents should supervise children playing outside. Pet owners should keep their pets on a leash when out walking, both in neighborhoods and on area trails.

Anyone who sees the mountain lion or other wild animal in the area is asked to contact Brookings Police.


September 29, 2021