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DNR Investigating After Cougar Shot, Killed In SW Minn.

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(credit: Minnesota DNR)

(credit: Minnesota DNR)

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is investigating the shooting death of a cougar in southwestern Minnesota.

Officials said a male cougar, also known as a mountain lion, was shot and killed on Tuesday in a rural area of Jackson County. DNR officials said the cougar did not pose an imminent threat to people at the time it was shot.

It is illegal to kill a cougar in Minnesota because it is a protected species, according to state statutes.

The Minnesota DNR is investigating the incident, and the cougar is being examined by wildlife specialists in Grand Rapids.

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