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Mountain lion walked 1,800 miles before death

MILFORD, CT (WVIT/NBC) - A mountain lion killed on Connecticut's Route 15 near Milford last month traveled about 1,800 miles to get to that location.

Wildlife officials said it came from the Black Hills of South Dakota and traveled through Minnesota and Wisconsin before it ended up in southern Connecticut.

This is the longest journey recorded for a land mammal and nearly double the distance ever recorded for a mountain lion, according to state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

State officials said tests show that this is the same lion that was spotted in the King Street area of Greenwich, CT, just days before the crash that killed it.

It was the first mountain lion recorded in Connecticut in more than 100 years.

Officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection previously said they believe there is only one mountain lion, and that there is no native mountain lion population.

They previously said they thought it was raised in captivity and escaped or was let free because they are not native to this area.

A private California laboratory studied droppings from the King Street area in Greenwich and told Greenwich Police that it was from a mountain lion.

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