Mas­sachusetts woman says DNA tests con­firm moun­tain lion

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH -

PETERSHAM, Mas­sachusetts:

A Mas­sachusetts woman whose horse was in­jured in June says DNA test­ing has con­firmed that a moun­tain lion vis­ited her prop­erty.

The cats are rare in Mas­sachusetts. The state has con­firmed just two re­ports in the past 20 years. Anne Marie Zukowski, of Petersham, tells The Tele­gram & Gazette her horse suf­fered two large gashes on its shoul­der. State wildlife of­fi­cials in­ves­ti­gated and deter­mined the horse was in­jured when it scraped against a gate latch, not in an an­i­mal at­tack.

Zukowski says she col­lected hair and blood sam­ples from a fence on her prop­erty and sent it to Florida for test­ing. The ge­neti­cist who did the tests thinks the horse may have been fright­ened by a moun­tain lion.

Po­lice say there have been no re­ported moun­tain lion sight­ings in town.

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