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Massachusetts woman says DNA tests confirm mountain lion

November 30, 2016 GMT

PETERSHAM, Mass. (AP) — 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.

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Anne Marie Zukowski, of Petersham, tells The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/2fDxvJ0 ) 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.

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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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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com