Mountain lion sightings reported in Hudson Valley

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Numerous residents of Orange County have reported seeing a mountain lion recently.

Wildlife experts say the animals aren't found in New York, but officials say numerous sightings have been reported in the mountains and woods of the Hudson Valley.

Ed McGowan, a scientist and director of the zoo at Bear Mountain State Park, says the last cougar in New York was killed in the 1880s. While he says there is no "thriving population" of mountain lions in the area, he doesn't discredit what some claim to have seen.

"There may be a few," he says. "That could be explained by pets that were released."

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