A Saunders County sheriff's deputy has confirmed a motorist's sighting of a mountain lion near Wahoo.

Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz says the motorist saw the mountain lion about 4:25 a.m. Monday as it fed on a deer carcass on U.S. Highway 77 about a mile and a half south of Wahoo. The deputy sent to check the report shined his spotlight in some nearby trees and saw the mountain lion jump down from one and run off.

The sighting occurred about a half mile from Saunders Medical Center. Stukenholtz says the hospital was notified.

Mountain lions, which also are called cougars or pumas, have turned up as far east in Nebraska as Omaha.