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First Mountain Lion Killed in Arkansas Since 1975

The mountain lion killed in Arkansas broke a 40-year streak. It was likely a male kicked out of his territory that traveled 180 miles.

On November 8, Douglas Ramer, a Louisiana hunter from Bastrop, killed a mountain lion in self-defense after feeling threatened for his life. He was hunting near Hermitage, Arkansas.

The mountain lion killed in Arkansas originally came from the northern part of the state, according to The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

They also claim that DNA hair samples from the lion match a sample from Marion County 180 miles away. The animal was killed in Bradley County, and Commission biologist Myron Means believes it traveled that distance in about six weeks.

Means also thinks the lion was a subordinate male that was driven out of his natural habitat by other adult males, who typically don’t put up with other subordinate males in their territories.

This mountain lion killed in Arkansas was the first of its kind to be taken in the state since 1975.

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First Mountain Lion Killed in Arkansas Since 1975