A Mountain Lion Wandering Around Southern Minnesota? Yes!
The words Mountain Lion and Hanging Out in Southern Minnesota don't often find their way into my life, but thanks to a friend's Facebook share, there it was. And the sheriff was saying to watch out for it!
First, should we be seeing mountain lions in Minnesota? No. The DNR says...
The cougar – sometimes referred to as a mountain lion or puma – was found throughout most of Minnesota prior to European settlement, though never in large numbers. Today, they are rarely seen but occasionally do appear.
While evidence might suggest the animal's prevalence is increasing, the number of verified cougar observations indicate that cougar occurrence in Minnesota is a result of transient animals from the Western Dakotas. (SOURCE)
That being said, there's been one wandering around the home of the nation's largest Jolly Green Giant! It's only about an hour and a half from here, so people go back and forth all the time.
PLEASE...make sure the mountain lion isn't on a skateboard and holding onto your bumper before you hit the road. We do NOT need a mountain lion wandering around this part of the 507.