- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says a mountain lion killed in southern Arkansas in November came from northern Arkansas.

The commission says DNA shows the lion killed by a deer hunter in Bradley County matches a hair sample found earlier in Marion County - about 180 miles away. Commission biologist Myron Means says it appears the lion traveled the distance in about six weeks.

Means believes the lion was a subordinate male that adult males drove from its native habitat. He said adult male mountain lions don’t tolerate subordinate males in their territories.

Douglas Ramer of Bastrop, Louisiana, killed the animal Nov. 8 while hunting near Hermitage. He said he felt threatened and shot it in self-defense.

It was the first mountain lion killed in Arkansas since 1975.


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