Connecticut Lion Was From South Dakota

Cat killed in CT had walked 2,000 miles

Jul 28, 2011
Outside Magazine

A male mountain lion that was hit by a car in Connecticut in June had traveled as many as 2,000 miles from South Dakota, according to DNA testing performed by state and federal wildlife officials. The mountain lion's journey likely took it across Michigan's upper peninsula, into Ontario, Canada, then south back to the United States. The trip is one of the longest ever recorded by a North American land mammal. Mountain lions, though numerous in the western United States, rarely stray more than 100 miles from their home territories. The cat was killed crossing the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford on June 11. Scat samples suggest that it was the same animal responsible for mountain lion sightings in Minnesota and Wisconsin in 2009 and 2010. Connecticut has not been visited by a wild mountain lion in more than 100 years.

Read more at the Associated Press

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