DNR: Dead cougar found off interstate in Bloomington

DNR: Dead cougar found off interstate in Bloomington Photo: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources .

Ben Rodgers
Updated: September 30, 2020 08:33 AM
Created: September 30, 2020 08:27 AM

A dead cougar was found Tuesday in Bloomington, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR says it is believed the big cat was hit and killed by a vehicle near the interchange at interstates 494 and 35W.


The 115-pound animal was taken to the DNR Wildlife Research Office in Grand Rapids. There, the cougar will undergo a necropsy to determine if it is wild and where it might have originated. 

The DNR says there are verified cougars in Minnesota; however, it is believed most of them are transient animals from the Dakotas. 

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