Sunday, 31 May 2015

NEWSLINK: Motorist hits mountain lion; troopers have to kill it

State troopers in Richmond, MO, euthanized a mountain lion Tuesday after a vehicle on Interstate 44 hit it, authorities said.

Initially, a motorist at around 4:15 a.m. CT reported possibly striking a mountain lion, said Agent Jarad Milligan of the Missouri Department of Conservation, who recovered the cat and took it to the state capital for a necropsy. But troopers sent to the scene could not find it.

"This was a big adult male and very healthy," Milligan said. "We measured it from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail and it was 6 feet 8 inches long and I'm guessing it weighed 120 to 130 pounds."

Then another report came in about two hours later.

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