|Mountain lion killed in Bradley County in late 2014-Photo courtesy of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission|
The DNA lab results revealed that the big cat was most likely to have originated in the Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota. It is believed that "The mountain lion traveled from Marion County to Bradley County in about six weeks before it was killed." AGFC Large Carnivore Biologist Myron Means said, "That shows you how far a mountain lion can travel in a short period."
Tissue sample from the Bradley County mountain lion matched the hair sample collected from the mountain lion hair found on private land in southern Marion County, which is separated by a distance of about 180 miles. The male mountain lion is a new individual to the lab’s DNA database.
Using the lab’s database which includes mountain lion samples from populations in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Oregon and Florida, they were able to determine its origin.