Cougar Shot, Killed on SW Minnesota Farm

The man who shot a cougar in Jackson County on Sunday said Thursday that he and his companion had little doubt they should kill it because children live nearby and horses are kept on the property.

That does not appear to be a legitimate reason to kill a mountain lion under Minnesota law.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Niskanen noted Wednesday that the animal posed no “immediate threat” to human life. That’s the standard that, in general, would need to be met to kill a cougar, and technically, no one other than a licensed peace officer or permit holder is allowed to kill the animal, which is rare in the state.

The DNR is investigating the shooting and won’t comment on specifics, but the facts don’t appear to be in question: The cougar wasn’t attacking people, but the people felt threatened, nonetheless…

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