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.