How did this cat end up in Connecticut?

June 23, 2011 4:47:39 AM PDT
Wildlife experts are hoping that a necropsy on a mountain lion will help unravel the mystery of how the big cat ended up roaming the suburbs of Connecticut.

Experts from the state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are set to perform the animal version of an autopsy Wednesday in Burlington, about 20 miles west of Hartford.

The animal was killed by a car on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford on June 11. State officials believe it was the same mountain lion seen 30 miles away in affluent Greenwich earlier this month, but there have been several recent cougar sightings there.

Experts hope to determine whether the animal was captive, and if it was a North American or South American species.