Mountain lions, also known as a cougar or puma, are lone animals that in the east primarily preyed on white-tailed deer. But other than the one killed by a motor vehicle on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford on June 11, 2011 &… "The closest confirmed population of mountain lions is in Missouri, half way across the country." LIPAN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a 28-year-old man found dead in a wooded area in rural Texas was killed by a wild animal, possibly a mountain lion. Some experts suspect this could be the same animal filmed by a trail camera in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, leading wildlife experts to map its likely path from the U.S. into Ontario Canada, circling the Great Lakes and eventually crossing back into New York and Connecticut. A trooper came out and shined his flashlight light on our cougar. It is the only confirmed presence of a cougar in recent years. night_owl. A mountain lion, which is listed as extinct in the state, was hit and killed by an SUV on a highway in Milford, CT on Saturday. BOSTON (Reuters) – A mountain lion was killed just 70 miles from New York City early on Saturday morning, and officials were trying to determine if it was the same big cat spotted a week ago roaming the posh suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut. The eastern cougar was hunted and trapped “relentlessly” and gone from much of the region by the late 1800s, according to the U.S. For many decades, hosts of individuals have reported seeing mountain lions in Connecticut. Genetic testing revealed it originated in South Dakota and traveled more than 1,500 miles, according to … Source. Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton. A mountain lion struck by a car and killed on Route 15 in Milford early Saturday morning is believed to be the animal spotted on the Brunswick School campus in northwest Greenwich last Sunday. U.S. National Park Service / Contributed photo. Fish and Wildlife Service, but it looks like one hardy cat may have been keeping his species alive in … The tales of mountain lion sightings seem to take on mythical status anywhere east of the Mississippi, but especially in the Northeast where the U.S. It was a sad end for what could have been the first mountain lion roaming wild in Connecticut in … It says genetic testing revealed that a mountain lion hit by a car and killed on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford on June 11, 2011 originated from South Dakota and had traveled to Connecticut though Wisconsin and Minnesota — a distance of around … Traveling between the two cities would be a jog for this large cat known to roam extensively, even up to a couple hundred miles in a day, said Schain. The Eastern mountain lion was declared extinct in March by the U.S. HOOD COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A 28-year-old man who was reported missing in a rural area of North Texas was found dead from a possible … The Eastern mountain lion was declared extinct in March by the U.S. A mountain lion killed on a Connecticut highway in June, is pictured in this undated file photograph. But DNA tests on the 140-pound animal, believed to be two to five years old, matched the genetic structure of the mountain lion population in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, officials said. And I saw him. The Hood County Sheriff's Office said Saturday that deputies found Christopher Allen Whiteley's body on Thursday, a day after he went missing near Lipan, located 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth. The mountain lion was struck by an SUV on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford, Conn., on June 11. Source. The cross-country trek is one of the longest movements on record for a land mammal and nearly doubles any known distance traveled by a mountain lion, according to Connecticut environmental officials. All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. A mountain lion was killed in Milford after being hit by a car in 2011. The closest confirmed population of mountain lions is in Missouri, half way across the country. A sandy knoll, Archerhunter. After traveling all the way from the Black Hills of South Dakota, the mountain lion was killed in Connecticut when it … A mountain lion killed by a motorist some 70 miles from New York City in June is the same animal that traveled through Minnesota and northern Wisconsin in the winter of 2009-2010 – a record-s… Of course. Reporting by Lauren Keiper; Editing by Greg McCune. Register Log In Home Forums Hunter's Campfire Mountain Lion killed in Connecticut: Forums User List Calendar Active Threads Forum Help: Previous Thread: Next Thread : Print Thread: Hop To : Page 2 of 3 : 1: 2: 3: Re: Mountain Lion killed in Connecticut #5328477 06/13/11: Joined: Dec 2007. Wilson said mountain lions like to hunt in the shadows and it would be a very remote chance to encounter the cat. Other signs that he was a wild animal included the fact he was not declawed, neutered or implanted with a microchip but did have porcupine quills embedded in his tissues. Mountain Lions can travel about 25 miles a day. “Moving through the Midwest and Northeast, it’s a gauntlet of potential detection -- roads, highways, rivers and dogs to get through,” he said. "The closest confirmed population of mountain lions is in Missouri, half way across the country." The last documented mountain lions in the northeast were killed in New Brunswick, Canada, in … The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said today that results of genetic tests show that the mountain lion killed in Milford, Conn. in June made its way to the state from the Black Hills region of South Dakota and is an animal whose movements were actually tracked and recorded as it made its way through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Initially, officials believed it had been released from a private handler. Posts: 2,490. night_owl OP. The driver was unhurt, but the cougar died at the scene. Genetic testing revealed it originated in South Dakota and traveled more than 1,500 miles, according to … The cougar was struck and killed on a commuter roadway, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, on June 11. REUTERS/Stringer. French said last known native mountain lion in the state was killed about 1858. ... of these animals has stepped foot on New England soil over the past century. Dec. 6—The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department disagrees with reports that a man was killed by a mountain lion in Hood County, according to a statement released by TPWD on Sunday. Officials disagree whether Texas man was killed by mountain lion. Posts: 17,048. But other than the one killed by a motor vehicle … The 140-pound mountain lion was hit by a small SUV on a highway in Milton, Connecticut early Saturday morning, and died from its injuries. This is the mountain lion that was hit by a car in Milford after several sightings in the Greenwich area. On June 11, 2011, in Milford, CT, a mountain lion was killed by a motor vehicle. Young male cougars disperse from where they were born looking for territory and mates, experts said. “By and large, cougars want to stay as far away from people as they possibly can because they are so solitary,” said Bob Wilson, a co-founder of The Cougar Network, an organization devoted to tracking and researching the animal. Well it seems as if someone has some explaining to do. The 140-pound mountain lion was killed; Lacson was uninjured. A dead mountain lion is seen in Milford, Connecticut, early June 11, 2011. Following the recent death of a mountain lion in … Two mountain lion encounters in his driveway. The driver was uninjured. This is the mountain lion that was hit by a car in Milford after several sightings in the Greenwich area. The mountain lion was struck by an SUV on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford, Conn., on June 11. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Police were called in. The Department of … Following the recent death of a mountain lion in … It’s also the first recorded confirmation of a wild mountain lion in Connecticut in more than 100 years, officials said. The large cat was transferred to a state environmental facility where authorities will use the photos, paw prints and other evidence collected near the three Greenwich sightings to determine if it is the same animal. The last documented mountain lions in the northeast were killed in New Brunswick, Canada, in … It was a 140-pound male mountain lion, the first confirmed in Connecticut in more than 100 years. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. Register For many decades, numerous individuals have reported seeing mountain lions in Connecticut. With no native mountain lion population in the state, “it’s possible and even likely” it is the same enormous cat with a long tail spotted last weekend in the New York City suburb some 30 miles away, said Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain. Credit... Reuters “He ran right in front of the car. Mountain lions are not native to Connecticut and the eastern mountain lion has been declared extinct by the U.S. wildlife officials The driver was unhurt, but the cougar died at the scene. According to CBS Connecticut, state police reported that an SUV struck and killed a mountain lion on Route 15. Campfire Ranger. Well it seems as if someone has some explaining to do. 1 of 54 A mountain lion struck by a car and killed on Route 15 in Milford on June 11, 2011, is believed to be the animal spotted on the Brunswick School campus in … The big cat with a long tail and an even longer tale was determined to have travelled through Minnesota and Wisconsin in late 2009 and 2010 before arriving in the posh suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut, according to DNA testing of the animal and his scat. The cats can easily cover 20 or 30 miles in a day, stopping to hunt and eat along the way. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. BOSTON (Reuters) - A mountain lion was killed just 70 miles from New York City early on Saturday morning and officials were trying to determine if … Since eastern mountain lions recently were declared extinct, authorities initially thought the cat might have escaped from captivity. Fish and Wildlife Service. A mountain lion was hit by a car and killed in the town of Milford, CT, about 65 miles from the Massachusetts border. The mountain lion that was killed Saturday in Milford, Conn., may have been the one spotted several times in the last week. The mountain lion killed when it was hit by a car June 11 on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford, Conn., likely also was the same one seen earlier that month in Greenwich, Conn. “I think it’s staggering that he was able to go 1,500 miles but also travel through those areas without being detected or killed,” said Mark Dowling, a director at the Cougar Network. The driver was unhurt, officials said. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mountainlion-idUSTRE76Q5ZE20110727 Fish and Wildlife Service, but it looks like one hardy cat may have been keeping his species alive in … All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. "The state [Connecticut] explains any cougar evidence, such as the recent mountain lion killed in Milford, as an escaped pet [or one that came from the Mid-West]," Mr. Betty said in an e-mail. This young male cougar was found to have DNA from other cougars found in South Dakota which means it traveled about 1,800 miles east. BOSTON (Reuters) - A mountain lion killed on a Connecticut highway in June was a wild animal from South Dakota that prowled more than 1,500 miles eastward before meeting his death 70 miles from New York City, genetic tests confirmed this week. The sheriff's office had said earlier that the autopsy's preliminary findings said Christopher Allen Whiteley died from a wild animal attack, possibly by a mountain lion. 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