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Mountain Lion Killed by Car on Merritt

A mountain lion that could be the one seen in the King Street area of Greenwich last week was struck and killed by a motorist early Saturday on the Merritt Parkway near exit 55 in Milford.

State Police notified the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection at 1 a.m. Saturday that a mountain lion had been struck by a 2006 Hyundai Tucson SUV. The 140-pound male lion died, but the driver was uninjured. The big cat’s body was taken to a Department of Environmental Protection facility for examination.

The Department of Environmental Protection Police will try to determine if the animal is the same one seen in Greenwich.

There is no native population of mountain lions in Connecticut, and the eastern mountain lion has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and wildlife Service.

On June 5, several Brunswick School faculty members saw a mountain lion on the school’s King Street campus. The cat was seen near a wooded area walking into heavy brush. A crew from Greenwich Emergency Medical Services spotted a mountain lion in the same area.

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