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Reports of lion in Northern New York a hoax

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Ray Brook, New York - February 11, 2010

Have catamounts returned to the mountains of Northern New York? State wildlife officials say the answer is no, despite reports circulating via email and text message.

The reports indicate that rangers found the body of a dead Mountain Lion. But the Department of Environmental Conservation says it's not true. Mountain Lions have been extinct in our region since the late 1800s.

They say there have been a host of similar hoaxes in the past.

Visit the links below for more information on the Eastern Cougar or Mountain Lion and on the hoaxes.

www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6974.html

www.dec.ny.gov/animals/44564.html

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