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This June 2011 photo released Tuesday by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shows a worker examining a dead mountain lion at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Center in Burlington, Conn. DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty said tests determined that the cat, which was killed when struck by a car June 11 in Milford, Conn., had traveled all the way from South Dakota. (Courtesy of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection)

Cougar killed in Connecticut once roamed Northland

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Wildlife officials using DNA analysis have confirmed that a cougar struck and killed on a Connecticut highway last month was the same one that passed through Minnesota and Wisconsin in 2009 and 2010.


The cougar's 1,055-mile trek is considered a new record for most miles traveled by a wild cat, said Adrian Wydeven, biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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