There are no known cougar populations in Minnesota and sightings are extremely rare. The DNR gets about 50 reports of cougar sightings each year, but most of these turn out to be large house cats or even yellow Labrador dogs. Only a few reports have proven to be true.
The cougar is a protected species in Minnesota, meaning that it cannot be hunted or trapped. It is unknown how many cougar sightings are of escaped or released pet cougars, which people can buy from game farms and legally own.
There are no reports of cougars attacking humans in Minnesota. Biologists believe that the cougars in Minnesota are wandering through from the mountainous western states.
There are currently no cougar-related advocacy activities in this state.
There is currently no specific cougar-related news for this state.
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A Cougar in Connecticut - updated story
Science News | 2011-08-27Scientists piece together the wanderings of a young male cat.
Dead cougar makes 7 in Minnesota in 14 months
MPR News | 2010-11-16A dead cougar turned up over the weekend in Pope County, according to a report on Alexandria television KSAX. The station had also reported recently on a cougar sighting nearby that state Department of Natural Resources officials dismissed as a large house cat.
Sanctuary offers one-of-a-kind protection for mistreated wildcats
KARE 11 | 2010-10-09The Wild Cat Sanctuary started 10 years ago as a way to put an end to the captive wildlife crisis in Minnesota and the United States.
Mountain lion sightings increasing across Minnesota
The Dickinson Press | 2010-10-18Few people now dispute the occasional presence of mountain lions in Northeastern Minnesota. But getting photographic documentation of them is difficult.
Trail cam captures another Minnesota mountain lion
Duluth News Tribune | 2010-10-26Few people now dispute the occasional presence of mountain lions in Northeastern Minnesota. But getting photographic documentation of them is difficult.
KTTC NBC | 2010-08-30Several people say they spotted a cougar prowling in the Twin Cities suburb of Roseville, and experts believe the sighting may be linked to a Wisconsin cat.
Cougar spotted in Stillwatee
St. Croix Valley Local News MN | 2010-07-02Six months after a cougar was last spotted in Stillwater, police say another wildcat may be roaming the area.
Humane Society ranks N.D. low on animal protection laws
Grand Forks Herald | 2010-02-10North Dakota ranks near the bottom and Minnesota in the middle in a 50-state ranking by the Humane Society of the United States on a wide range of animal protection laws.
Police Investigate Cougar Sighting In Minneapolis
WCCO | 2010-01-12Police are investigating another possible cougar sighting in Minneapolis.
Mountain lion sighted in northern Twin Cities neighborhood
Argus Leader | 2009-12-08Residents of a northern Twin Cities neighborhood are on edge after a cougar was sighted in the Champlin area. A police dash camera caught the large cat on tape early Saturday. A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer watched the tape and confirmed to KSTP-TV that the animal is a cougar.
Cougar Controversy: Are the Big Cats Breeding in Minn.?
Becky Nahm ABC - Channel 5 | 2009-11-04Cougars, also known as mountain lions or pumas, have been spotted in Minnesota. But there's disagreement over whether the big cats have moved in or are only passing through.
DNR wildlife manager provides cougar fact sheet
Paul Relander, Bemidji Pioneer- MN | 2009-09-29Cougars (sometimes referred to as “mountain lions” or “puma”) were found throughout most of Minnesota prior to European settlement, though never in large numbers. Today they are rarely seen but do occasionally appear.
Mountain lion backlash
Molly Miron, Bemidji Pioneer -MN | 2009-09-25Since the story ran Monday on the Bemidji PIoneer Web site and in Tuesday's newspaper about a Bemidji resident striking and killing a young mountain lion on Carr Lake Road...
Mail carrier on route east of Crookston says mountain lion ran across road
Crookston Daily Times - MN | 2009-07-17Reports of a mountain lion east of town have been made this week. Kathy Aamot of Crookston told the Times on Wednesday that while delivering mail...
To see the Minnesota DNR's page on cougars, click here.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
Telephone: (651) 296-6157
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