“Wow, this is the first mountain lion seen in this state since before the Civil War. This is incredible! Let’s kill it.”
A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officer killed a mountain lion on a Bourbon County farm on Monday, marking the first confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Kentucky since before the Civil War, said Mark Marraccini, a spokesman for the agency.
Marraccini said a farmer spotted the cat in a tree and alerted the department. When the officer responded, he found the animal in different tree and decided it was best to “dispatch it.”
Mountain lions were once native to Kentucky but they were killed off here more than a century ago, Marraccini said.
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