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State Confirms Wild Mountain Lion — First In A Century

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Mountain Lion Necropsy at Sessions Woods in Burlington.  Image from the state Department of Energy and Environmental protection.

Mountain Lion Necropsy at Sessions Woods in Burlington. Image from the state Department of Energy and Environmental protection.

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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today announced that a mountain lion killed in Milford in June came from South Dakota.

The department said the wild animal was tracked as it moved through Minnesota and Wisconsin.

This mountain lion is probably the same one spotted earlier in Greenwich, according to the DEEP.

The department says this is the first time a wild mountain lion has been confirmed in Connecticut in more than a century.

The department says there is still no evidence of a native population of mountain lions in Connecticut.

DNA tests showed that the animal’s genes matched those of mountain lions living in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.

Click here to see DEEP photos and a map of the mountain lion’s apparent travels.

The mountain lion’s DNA matched samples collected from an animal at one site in Minnesota and at three sites in Wisconsin, according to the department.

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