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Mountain lion caught on video in eastern South Dakota

November 27, 2018

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A state wildlife official says a mountain lion captured on video in eastern South Dakota is likely just passing through.

Yankton resident Jim Ryan spotted the big cat on footage from the security camera outside his garage over the weekend. The closest breeding population of lions is in western South Dakotas’ Black Hills.

Ryan contacted a game warden with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. Warden Dan Altman tells the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan that the lion probably is a loner seeking new territory. He says the lion is probably a young male who isn’t big enough to be the dominant cat in an area and got pushed out.

Altman says it’s not unheard of for a mountain lion to travel such long distances. He says a few years ago, a cat confirmed to be from the Black Hills was spotted outside Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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