Connecticut Mountain Lion Likely Came From The Black Hills by Wright Bryan
from All Things Considered
You got to read this link above and listen to the story from NPR. So cool. Using DNA typing technology and database analysis, a cougar killed in a car collision in Connecticut in summer of 2011 was determined to be closely related to a group of mountain lions in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This animal was also genetically typed to one unknown individual in the database from which genetic analysis was performed on scat, hair and blood samples collected in 2009 from eastern Minnesota and Wisconsin in 2010. That is some serious ground to cover. Too bad such an awesome animal died an unfortunate death.
Molecular biology is so dang cool! You gotta love it.