If a picture is worth a thousand words than a Vermillion family has a long story to tell about what they captured on their camera.
A camera that they had set up but hidden in a tree along the Vermillion River. A camera they thought would catch pictures of deer and other wildlife.
Well that camera did it's job perfectly. But the picture they ended up with has given the family a little more than they bargained for.
This is a what's called a digital game camera. You put it up and when it senses motion, the camera snaps off a picture...whether it's the middle of the day or the middle of the night.
"I've always heard they're probably around." This is Matt Olson, who bought the camera for his 19-year-old son last Christmas. Conventional wisdom in this part of South Dakota says mountain lions roam around the area. But no one has seen one and there has been a lack of other forms of hard proof.
"This is pretty much hard proof..." This is the picture that camera caught: a mountain lion...big paws...big eyes....and a big surprise for the Olson's. "All of a sudden he's in a really good pose he's kinda looking like he's just walking around...coming right at the camera..." Right at the camera indeed...just a few feet away. The camera's night vision helping brighten the big cat's eyes in a menacing way. The picture was taken about 8 o'clock at night on January 16th. There had been no sign of the mountain lion before and there has been no sign since. Just this black and white picture that proves to everyone...the area near the Vermillion River in Clay County can be mountain lion country. "I don't know if he's still around of if they're just passing through but he is around....he was around."
Matt Olson says he isn't too worried about that mountain lion still being in the area. He says they plan on moving that game camera to other parts of their property to see what else it might catch in it's lens.
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