There is a running joke surrounding Oklahoma's outdoor community. Hunters and hikers have been spotting mountain lions around the Sooner State for sixty-ish years, yet the state has always been hush-hush on the matter.

The old joke is/was a game warden famously saying "Mountain lions don't come to Oklahoma... but if you see one, call us first and don't tell anyone."

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While the official word on mountain lions in the state has eased, at least to the point the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will now admit there have been some legitimate sightings. Still, it's only when presented with irrefutable evidence that they conclude cougars come through the state.

The evidence shows that sightings are becoming more common still.

The ODWC has only been keeping records of cougars in Oklahoma since 2002. Between then and 2018, the department confirmed 28 official sightings.


Since January 2019, there have been 42. Keep in mind, these are "confirmed" sightings where officers and the department couldn't find a reason to deny things.

Mountain lion sighting #43 is waiting on confirmation right now, and there's no telling how the department will respond. Captured in Osage County.


Technology sure has changed a lot in the last 21 years. Game cameras text and email us our pics instantly, and cameras have never been better. Still, reports of mountain lions are denied with nonchalance.

Without prints or a carcass, the unofficial standpoint of the ODWC is "It was probably a bobcat." Even when presented with a clear photo, they'll still lean towards the bobcat thing pretty heavily for whatever reason it is they do.

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From the random single towns in certain areas to the unrelenting ticketing smorgasbord that is US-69, here is a rundown of the worst Oklahoma speed traps you'll want to avoid in your travels.

Keep in mind that this isn't every speed trap in Oklahoma. 55% of all Oklahoma towns generate at least 10% of their municipal revenue... These are just the overachievers.

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Contrary to popular belief, Oklahoma is growing. People are seeking a more affordable life, less big city, more room to grow, and the Sooner State fits that bill better than you think.

Our slow and steady growth year-over-year has gotten enough national attention to garner all sorts of new studies in the state, including this one.

Here are the 20 worst places to live in Oklahoma based on cost of living, crime rates, poverty stats, low wage issues, and more.

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Looking for someplace special to spend the holidays? The Sooner State has you covered with some of the best towns and cities to get into the Christmas spirit. If you've ever wanted to visit a place that feels like it came out of a Hallmark movie you're in luck. Check out these ten Oklahoma Hallmark holiday hometowns to experience the small-town charm and friendliness of some of Oklahoma's best-known holiday destinations. Each has its own unique traditions and holiday events that will surely get you into the spirit of the season. From amazing lights and displays to performances and festive family fun you'll find in the Sooner State.

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Top 10 Snobbiest Towns & Cities in Oklahoma

Don't shoot the messenger. I'm not calling these places snobby, the internet is. A recent report by identified 10 of the snobbiest towns and cities in Oklahoma. The methodology behind the study used median household incomes, the percentage of the population with college educations, and median home prices in determining just how snobby a town or city is. Most would agree with the results below. Unless you live in one of these places, then you may disagree. Also, keep in mind this list was all done in good fun. Sure there's some truth to the findings but like most places, you'll find both good and bad. Keep scrolling to check out Oklahoma's top 10 snobbiest towns and cities to see if your hometown made the list.

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