Mountain lion killed in Connecticut last month might have started trip in South Dakota
By Ralph Maughan On July 27, 2011 · 3 Comments · In Wildcats
The cougar was accidentally tracked as it made its way from the Black Hills through mid-West and Canada to end up under the wheels of an SUV in Connecticut-
Connecticut Mountain Lion Traveled from South Dakota. The cougar’s 1,100-mile journey is the longest ever recorded. By Michael Dinan. The New Rochelle Patch
Tagged with: animal migration • cougar • mountain lion • puma
Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.
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Amazing to have traveled that far then meet its fate on a road, probably after crossing thousands of them…
My suggestion to folks who REALLY want to know what’s going on is to FOIA both the state of CT and the USFWS. My experience with wolves is that govt. officials have a tendency to overlook or put their own spin on important facts when issuing press releases. I strongly question whether this animal actually came from South Dakota/Minnesota, or was descended from cats that are naturally recolonizing the eastern U.S. from the west and mid-west. In any event, I told a USFWS biologist that I believed it was a wild cougar, based on the location killed and physical evidence, and he ridiculed me. I thought Obama was going to have his folks put science before politics????
Seems the cat was a frequent visitor to urban areas. My co-conspirators down in Wisconsin have been tracking this cat (and 3 others) some a little while now. Read the news release link below. So it is a wild cougar. It just had a hunkering for the bright lights. Very odd, indeed.