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Mountain Lion Killed In Conn. Car Crash 65 Miles From Mass. Border

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(Credit: Connecticut State Police)

(Credit: Connecticut State Police)

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MILFORD, CONN. (CBS/AP) – Connecticut State Police are investigating a car crash involving a mountain lion.

That’s right, a mountain lion was hit by a car and killed in the town of Milford, CT, about 65 miles from the Massachusetts border.

The Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement that the 140-pound animal died after being hit by an SUV at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Mountain Lions can travel about 25 miles a day. There had been several recent sightings of a large cat believed to be a mountain lion in Greenwich, Connecticut, about 30 miles away from Milford.

Mountain lions are not native to Connecticut and the eastern mountain lion has been declared extinct by the U.S. wildlife officials.

DEP officials have speculated that the animal escaped from a handler or was released.

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