Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 4:12 pm
Posted on Dec 22, 2014
by Keith Kappes
The recent killing of an adult mountain lion in Bourbon County drew statewide attention in a state that has little experience with the largest member of the North American cat family.
The DNA of that 125-pound male is being analyzed by scientists to determine if it came from the wild or if it had been bred and raised in captivity, either in a zoo or by a private collector of exotic animals.
State wildlife officials said it was the first mountain lion reported in Kentucky for more than 20 years. The last was in Western Kentucky.
Animal rights activists have protested the killing of the big cat in a residential area near Paris but the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KFWR) said it had no choice.
Paris is about 55 highway miles northwest…
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