Nov 5 2006 1:53AM
A biologist with the state Game and Fish Department says she's found no evidence of mountain lions breeding outside the Badlands in North Dakota.
She looked into the matter after hunters killed two lions just east of that area - one north of Minot, and another near Washburn.
Rather, biologist Dorothy Fecske says young male cougars like to seek out new territory, which would help explain the lion bagged near Washburn.
However, that's not the case with the female cats, leading her to suspect the lion killed near Minot may have just been a "freak occurrence."
She also says she plans to formally survey the Badlands next month to see how many mountain lion families live in that area.