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November 3, 2011

Mountain lion killed north of Minco

— A mountain lion was killed by a motorist in northern Grady County on Tuesday.

According to Micah Holmes with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, the cat was struck while crossing Hwy. 81, between the South Canadian River and the town of Minco.

The lion was a male, Holmes said, and was estimated to be between 12 and 20 months old. The body was taken to one of their facilities on Wednesday to be measured and weighed. A more exact age analysis will also be made.

Holmes said that it was unusual for a mountain lion to be this close to a metropolitan area, but not unheard of.

“There was one in Tulsa earlier this summer but it is certainly rare,” he said.

Holmes said that there was no indication that the lion was an escaped captive animal. Most likely, he said, was that it recently grew old enough that another lion forced it out of its territory, and it was seeking another place to live and hunt.

“They’re solitary animals, with big ranges,” he said. “They don’t interact with each other except for mating season.”

Holmes said that anyone who sights one of the big cats, living or dead, can call the Wildlife Department so they can continue to track the movement and growth of the animals.

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