DNA has finally proven that the mountain lion that was struck and killed June 11th on a road in Milford Connecticut, was indeed traced back to South Dakota. DNA was matched from hair and cat scat.
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty held a news conference stating that the animal originated from the Black Hills of South Dakota. They were able to match DNA from a mountain lion that had moved across Minnesota, and Wisconsin in 2009 & 2010. The 2,000 mile trek is the longest recorded by a mountain lion, they seldom travel more than 100 miles.
At first the mountain lion was believed to have been someone's pet that had been released or that had escaped, but the mountain lion was not neutered or declawed which is usually a signature move with domestic "pets."
This mountain lion was the first one in Connecticut in 100 years. DEEP think its a sign of how well their conservation programs have worked, that they were able to create habitat for a mountain lion. After the mountain lion was killed there were reports of other sightings of mountain lions in the area, but most have been deemed unreliable. DEEP states there are no native mountain lions in Connecticut. From The Middletown Press .
Thank you to Tndeerhunter and Ca_Vermonster for posting in the forums and bringing this story to our attention.