First cougar seen in Kentucky since the Civil War is promptly shot dead

Free Republic

A Fish and Wildlife official near Paris, Kentucky responded to the call about a young male mountain lion in a tree and though it best to ‘dispatch it.’

Once native to the state, cougars have not been spotted there since before the Civil War.

An agency spokesman said, ‘it seemed to be in very healthy condition’ and that shooting it was the proper course of action

An examination of a mountain lion killed by a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife official has found that it was a 125-pound male that appeared to be young and healthy.

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