COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Wildlife officials say a cougar killed at West Point Lake over the weekend was likely held in captivity illegally.
The 140-pound, 88-inch cat was shot by deer hunter David Adams
of Newnan on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land near the
Georgia-Alabama border Sunday.
Wildlife officials inspected the dead cougar, which had scuffed paws common to animals kept on concrete.
State investigators also found the cat also had low parasite levels, which meant it wasn't feeding on wild game.
Cougars are no longer considered native to Georgia, though residents occasionally report seeing what they believe to be the large, long-tailed cats also known as panthers and mountain lions.
The nearest breeding population is in southern Florida, where
the animal is called the Florida panther.