Trail camera spots cougar in western Minnesota

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A cougar caught on a trail camera last month has people in the Osakis, Minn., area asking questions, the Alexandria Echo Press reports. "I was shocked when I saw it," Jerry Kuhlman, whose camera captured the big cat on video, told the newspaper. “The proof is in the pudding that they’re out there."

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A conservation officer with the Department of Natural Resources also told the Alexandria Echo Press, “I usually receive a couple of reports of possible cougar sightings each year, but usually the claims are not able to be substantiated."

In June, a study by a University of Minnesota doctoral student confirmed mountain lions, or cougars, are increasingly spending time in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The report said there were 178 cougar confirmations in the Midwest and as far south as Texas between 1990 and 2008.

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