For a long time, the Conservation Dept of MO denied that there were any big cats in this area, even though they had been seen several times by individuals. They are finally admitting their presence here now. I have never seen one myself, and would just as soon keep it that way. From what understand, mountain lions "usually" won't attack riders on horseback, because we are "big". They "normally" attack smaller game. I have seen bobcats a few times, and coyotes are thick, so I see and hear them a lot. Foxes make a very strange sound, too. Kind of seems like a mix between a bird and a cat. Kind of, sort of, similiar to a peacock. The first time that I ever heard a fox, I had not clue what was making that sound. My friend and I are pretty sure that we heard a mountain lion in CO a few years ago. We were riding near some big rocks. Needless to say, we didn't waste any time getting on down the trail.