Proof: Minnesota Cougar Caught on Video

Residents of the Twin Cities neighborhood are surprised to hear that a cougar was video taped in the Champlin area. A police dash cam caught the cougar on tape. A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer watched the tape and confirmed that the animal is a cougar.

What makes this sighting a bit different than most of the sightings which have been popping up all over the Midwest is that this cougar was a very large adult cougar. Young male cougars get pushed out of the area of their birth and must strike out to find a terretory of their own.

This cougar appears to be beyond the years where you would expect it to be off searching for a new home. This could mean one of two things. Either the cougar is an adult that is residing in the area are it is a possibly released/escaped former captive.

It seems everytime a cougar pops up where it isn't suppose to be the escaped mantra gets quoted even though that is very frequently not the case when it can be proven such as when a dead cougar is available for examination.

This cougar could very well be a former captive. Either way it is currently a wild cougar regardless of its origin. A cougar held captive never really become tame and once released into the wild it is largely irrelevant where the cougar came from. It is going to behave like any other wild cougar with the exception that it, although wild, might tolerate more human contact than a wild born cougar, potentially making it more dangerous. More dangerous in theory anyway.

***UPDATE***

The Minnesota cougar has apparently continued on its Eastward bound journey and crossed into Dunn County, Wisconsin where its picture was taken by a trail camera.

It's likely the same animal from Minnesota because since the Minnesota cougar made its appearance its progress Eastward has been tracked by following its tracks in the snow and a string of sightings both with evidence such as tracts and without that have led it to its current location in Wisconsin.

The cougar has moved at a fairly consistent travel rate of 5-7 miles eastward each day. They have even discovered a small buck fawn that it had killed, partially eaten and then covered. The next day it was apparent that the cougar had returned and fed again that night.

A farmer in Spring Valley saw a cougar and found its tracks which have been confirmed. Hair samples from the site were collected for testing. Those results will take a couple of weeks or more to get back from the lab. This will likely confirm in my opinion that the cougar is from the population of western cougars and not a former captive South American cougar.

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