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Updated: Friday, 07 May 2010, 5:48 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 07 May 2010, 5:47 PM EDT
GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of a mountain lion in southern Indiana.
DNR official Gary Langell says it's impossible at this point to tell whether the animal sighted in rural Greene County is wild or a formerly captive cat.
A DNR biologist investigating a reported sighting of the cougar used motion-sensitive trail cameras to photograph it last weekend.
The confirmation is the first since the DNR implemented a new policy March 1 to evaluate reported sightings of the animal. Another mountain lion was confirmed in late 2009 in Clay County.
The DNR says the last documented case of a wild mountain lion in Indiana is believed to have been recorded between 1850 and 1865.