Shot fells elusive cougar chased out of a culvert

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 1, 2011 - 11:54 PM

The case is being investigated for possible charges. Mountain lions are protected in Minnesota.

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atoonceDec. 1, 1112:59 PM

but if the cougars want to eat up some of the neighborhood deer in private, I have no problem with that. We've been seeing deer many times in the past week, day and night.

shushyn78Dec. 1, 11 1:04 PM

These guys that did the shooting better have a really good story for why they shot it. Just because it's there doesn't mean you blow it away.

golfaddict1619Dec. 1, 11 1:10 PM

They shot the thing because it's a dangerous animal you moron and they didn't want it to harm any humans! Also, maybe the DNR will now come out of their denial stage and admit we have more cougars around here AND that we do indeed have a wolf problem!

taboopoohDec. 1, 11 1:12 PM

So why did these two idiots feel they needed to shoot a rarely seen animal? Was it stalking them in the culvert?

dashackDec. 1, 11 1:15 PM

DNR, I thought there were no cougars in Minnesota? I suppose this one was privately owned and released, too, eh?

violynistDec. 1, 11 1:15 PM

Unfortuante they killed such a magnificent animal.

carlbsDec. 1, 11 1:17 PM

Not sure of the exact circumstances of the shooting, but I have witnessed wanton cruelty of certain hunters. Such as the time I saw two guys, pheasant hunters, firing into a culvert just to kill (wound and then kill) a Raccoon. Or the time I was bow hunting and witnessed three other bow hunters launching arrow after arrow at a feeding doe 150 yards away. They were shooting almost straight into the air and really had no hope of hitting it...but if they had hit it, it wouldn't have been a kill shot. I also hope they had a big hunting budget because I'm sure some arrows were not found and some were damaged. I'm not dishing on hunters in general...I guess there are all kinds in all endeavors.

hughDec. 1, 11 1:27 PM

"Only law enforcement officers can legally kill the animals." Yeah, and just like a couple pitbulls, when they come on my property and try to attack my retriever through a screened porch they're going to face lead poisoning. By the time the DNR responds its too late.

jarlmnDec. 1, 11 1:31 PM

The Cougar had a gun! It probably dropped it in the culvert! Yeah, yeah, that's it ... the Cougar pointed a gun at me and it was probably hopped-up on meth!

crychangDec. 1, 11 1:35 PM

Black Bears can be a potential threat to humans. Are we allowed to shoot them onsite? Definately not. The same should apply to a cougar.


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