September 30, 2009
Discussion Topic: Are There Breeding Cougars in Minnesota?
By Dave Hurteau
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed that an animal killed by a motorist south of Bemidji was a young male cougar (see our previous coverage). Since then, the agency has been fielding a barrage of letters and emails claiming that the incident proves a cougar cover-up—that is, that the DNR has purposely tried to keep secret the presence of a breeding population of mountain lions in the state.
From the Morris Sun-Tribune:
“I don’t believe we’ve denied that. . .” [Park Rapids DNR wildlife officer Rob Radasco] said, referring to whether breeding populations of cougars exist in Minnesota. “We just don’t have the proof. . . .”
“What we’ve said is we don’t have any evidence of breeding populations and I don’t think this cougar changed anything,” Radasco said.
What do you think? Check out the full article and tell us your reaction.