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Erik Bartholomew, Biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, tells us,

“As for the disposition of the lion caught in Tulsa:   DNA samples were sent to two separate labs and both have identified the cat as coming from the Rocky Mountains and more specifically the region around the Black Hills of South Dakota.   It is not possible to determine if the cat came here on its own or was brought here illegally.  The mountain lion will remain at the Tulsa Zoo until arrangements can be made to find the mountain lion a home at another accredited zoo or wildlife sanctuary. The DOWS is working with the Tulsa Zoo to find a suitable facility to permanently house the mountain lion.”

For more information on the Tulsa female, click here

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