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State Wildlife Officer Kills Mountain Lion In Bourbon County

A Kentucky Fish and Wildlife official shot and killed a mountain lion after a concerned caller spotted it in northern Bourbon County.  A spokesman for the agency says officials hope to determine whether the lion was a captive animal that got loose, or a free-ranging wild lion.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports an officer went to the area on Monday afternoon after a woman reported seeing the animal in a tree.

Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mark Marraccini says the lion roaming free was a public safety issue.

Marraccini says the state agency periodically gets reports of people seeing mountain lions, but he doubted that Kentucky has a population of the animals.