DNA Trail Maps Cougar's Dead-End Journey Across South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin & Connecticut

Hyundai Tucson photo

Crash-Tested 2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS IIHS Image credit:Wikipedia

DNA testing of cougar crap left along a 1,055-mile trail has established that a young male Puma walked all the way from South Dakota to New England in search of a mate. The poor cat's epic journey (9 lives for 9 states?) ended when he was run over by a car in Milford Connecticut. The impetus for his journey, it is reported, most likely was his mom driving him out of her territory in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

There is plenty of coverage of this story, but few offered in as comprehensive a context as on Cougar News, posted by the Cougar ReWilding Foundation. Here we learn that "The animal was struck and killed by a 2006 Hyundai Tucson SUV." A bit older model than the one pictured above; but you get the idea.En route, deer hunters in Michigan's UP and nearby northern Wisconsin had their long johns in a bundle after trail cam photos - possibly of this very animal - were published in 2010.


Image credit:MDNR

Hunters, you see, can get protective when deer numbers are down and there is even the remotest chance of competition for their venison - unless it is death by car crash, which does not count.


The cat visited Grenwich CT on June 5th. And then... At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011 DEEP was notified by State Police - Troop I, of a collision between a motor vehicle and a mountain lion Northbound on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in the area of Exit 55 in Milford.

The animal was struck and killed by a 2006 Hyundai Tucson SUV. The operator of the vehicle was uninjured.

Animal behaviorists would blame mom. I think it more likely he was wanting to lick the face of one of those Eastern PETA types who would save his cougar behind from the hunter's gun. South Dakota issues an unlimited number of licenses to blast them Puma.
South Dakota has had a residents-only mountain lion season since 2005.

A statewide season offers an unlimited number of licenses. In addition, Custer State Park hosts a separate mountain lion season with 10 licenses issued by lottery drawing. An individual may apply for both licenses, however they are limited to the taking of one mountain lion for the season.

The application form includes both seasons. There is a deadline for Custer State Park applications and the statewide license is sold throughout the season.

Here's an article with a photo of the actual dead cougar.

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