It's being called the longest journey a mountain lion has ever taken in the United States!
A cougar killed in Milford, CT, six weeks ago traveled 1,100 miles from South Dakota to get to New England, Connecticut officials said Tuesday.
According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, collected analyst data shows that the feline known in South Dakota known as the "St. Croix Cougar” journeyed from that state’s Black Hills, through Minnesota and Wisconsin (see attached map) and across the Midwest—likely southern Ontario, Canada— to Greenwich — and all the way to Milford!
Though the first confirmed sighting occurred in Minnesota, officials believe the mountain lion likely was born in South Dakota, meaning a total distance traveled of closer to 1,800 miles before he made it to Milford and was hit by an SUV.
If they make a Disney movie about him, they'll probs take that last part out.
[image via Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection]