Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement

DNR investigating shooting of cougar

Email News Alerts
news Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

WORTHINGTON -- 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.

Advertisement
Advertisement

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

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement