Cougar sightings have been on the rise across the northern prairie for the past 15 years. And that’s not surprising, mountain lions — males especially — have huge ranges and occasionally just wander looking for new territory. But what a deer hunter saw recently in Northern Minnesota may be different; it may be a breeding pair. At the very least, it was two males fighting, a rare enough event on its own.
The photo is by Jordan Bowen, the hunter who witnessed the encounter. The full write-up from the Dave Orrick of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press via the Grand Forks Herald is worth a read.