Cougar pair spotted fighting in northern Minnesota

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.

A mountain lion perches in a tree near Nashwauk in northern Minnesota Monday, Nov. 8, 2016. The animal chased a deer and got into a brief altercation with another apparent mountain lion, or cougar, while Jordan Bowen, 16, of Rush City, Minn., was deer hunting. Mountain lions are occasionally seen in Minnesota, but wildlife officials have never found evidence of a breeding population. (Photo courtesy Jordan Bowen)
A mountain lion perches in a tree near Nashwauk in northern Minnesota Monday, Nov. 8, 2016. The animal chased a deer and got into a brief altercation with another apparent mountain lion, or cougar, while Jordan Bowen, 16, of Rush City, Minn., was deer hunting. Mountain lions are occasionally seen in Minnesota, but wildlife officials have never found evidence of a breeding population. (Photo courtesy Jordan Bowen)

 

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Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press, Grand Forks Herald

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