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November 2, 2011

Mountain lion killed on U.S. 81 north of Minco

A mountain lion was killed north of Minco early Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. 81.

Grady County Game Warden Mark Murray said another motorist, who saw the young male on the side of the road, stopped and picked up the animal to give to officials.

“It’s confirmed,” he said. “It’s a mountain lion. It was a young male.”

Murray said it is common for young male mountain lions to travel long distances, especially along waterways, such as the South Canadian River, near where the animal was found.

“It’s a common occurrence for them to wander down waterways like that and travel long distances,” he said. “They’re nomadic and can travel hundreds of miles.”

He said the river is dry and lower than usual, making the waterway into  a “highway” for the big cats. Game comes to the river for water, giving the mountain lions another reason to walk the riverbeds.

Murray said the animal was given to the Department of Wildlife, which will examine the mountain lion, weigh it and determine its age. He said the agency has DNA on file of other cats and will test to see if they can determine how far the mountain lion killed Tuesday traveled.

“We’ve found some in Oklahoma that have come from as far as South Dakota,” he said.

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