27 Jul '11, 9pm

Mountain Lion Walked 1,800 Miles Before Being Hit by Car

Clues as the the mountain lion's origin might never have been known if it weren't for one incredible coincidence. Scientists testing the animal's DNA found it to be a perfect match with those randomly collected years earlier, nearly two-thousand miles to the west -- indicating the animal was from the Black Hill region of South Dakota. The discovery suggests that the animal had walked across at least six states and dozens of freeways before being killed by a car in Greenwich, Connetticut. If that is true, scientists say it may be the long overland journey by a mammal ever recorded. "The journey of this mountain lion is a testament to the wonders of nature and the tenacity and adaptability of this species," Daniel Esty, of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as reported by the BBC . Despite the serendipity which lead to the much more being know...

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