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DEP says dead mountain lion is not proof

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

News reports of a mountain lion struck and killed early Saturday morning by a motorist on the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) in Milford are sparking renewed talk here of a controversial subject.

Many area residents claim they have seen the elusive cats, which are distinguished by their size and their long tails. The one killed last weekend weighed 140 pounds.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has long denied the cats live here or that the agency has ever released any here. In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deemed the eastern mountain lion extinct.

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