Adding to the tragedy of the mountain lion's arguably unnecessary death, of course, was the stunning fact that it was there in the first place. Indeed, the sighting could have been viewed as a welcome sign that natural order was being restored, had things gone differently.
Despite the fact that mountain lions have been spotted recently in neighboring states, KDFWR officials nevertheless aired their suspicions that someone had illegally transported the animal into Kentucky to keep as an exotic pet - suggesting that the animal shouldn't have been there in the first place.
But experts from Cougar Network disagree, using DNA evidence to conclude that the big cat had walked there from hundreds of miles away, stating to the Courier-Journal:
"In our professional opinion, the animal was a wild, dispersing male from the Black Hills, South Dakota."