Kentucky

Cougars are officially classified as extinct in the state of Kentucky. Each year there are numerous sightings with no known confirmations.

In late 2014, a cougar was killed by Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife in Bourbon County. DNA was sent for analysis to determine whether it was a dispersing wild cougar or a domestic cat that had been released. If wild, it would have been the first cougar in Kentucky since before the Civil War.