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Another possible cougar sighting in Southeast Minnesota

NEAR BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. (KTTC) -- There's been yet another cougar sighting in Southeast Minnesota, this time just south of Blooming prairie.

On Friday, the Mower County Sheriff's Office received photographic evidence of a cougar near Udolpho Township. At this time the sheriff's office is not releasing the photo to the public, but officials say it was taken near 300th Street and County Road 36.

The DNR speculates that these animals may be traveling through the region from the Dakota's.

The Mower County Sheriff's office stresses that taking matters with cougars into your own hands is illegal. "It's a very serious penalty for shooting a cougar, so we want to reiterate to people time and time again you can't," said Sheriff Terese Amazi. "This is not an open hunting season. You can not take a shot at these animals."

If you do come in contact with a cougar, the last thing you want to do is run. The DNR recommends raising your hands up to make yourself larger and speaking in a loud and direct voice as you back away slowly.
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