Travelin’ Cat


On June 11, 2011, an SUV collided with and killed a mountain lion. Lion-vehicle incidents are somewhat rare, but this one had an interesting twist. It occurred on the Wilbur Cross Parkway near Milford, Conn.! According to Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Daniel C. Etsy, this is the first confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Connecticut in more than 100 years.

Genetic tests on the cat as well as its scat conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicate this animal originated in the Black Hills of South Dakota—about 2,000 miles away. There was evidence that the lion traveled through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Typically, young male lions travel as much as 100 miles after being run off by their mothers. A 2,000-mile relocation is almost unheard of.

Interestingly, DEEP had been working with the Greenwich, Conn., Police Department investigating several sightings of mountain lion in that city. The last confirmed, credible sighting was June 5.

Every time I think I have ol’ Ma Nature figured out, the old girl throws me a curve.

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