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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is investigating the fatal shooting of a cougar in southwest Minnesota.


It's illegal to shoot mountain lions, or cougars, in Minnesota unless they're posing a threat. Bruce Ihnen tells The Daily Globe of Worthington ( ) he was finishing chores on his brother's farm in Jackson County's Round Lake Township Sunday when the cougar came out of a grove and ran into a culvert. Ihnen says he called a neighbor and the two chased it out of the culvert and his neighbor shot it.

DNR spokesman Chris Niskanen says it is likely the first cougar shot by a citizen in Minnesota's "modern history." He says the 125-pound animal is being examined by the agency's wildlife biologists in Grand Rapids. (The Brainerd Dispatch has found an article from 2001 contradicting this - McGregor man shoots cougar | Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2001".)


Information from: The Daily Globe,

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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