Minn. deer group wants to catch cougars on camera

Published 8:03 am Wednesday, December 29, 2010

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Got a trail camera? The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association would like you to leave it up this winter.

The group is hoping to catch a picture of a predator — especially a cougar.

Cougar sightings are up in Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources gets about 50 reports a year, but says most turn out to be house cats or yellow labs.

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Kimberly Hanson from the Deer Hunters Association tells Minnesota Public Radio News that all the talk about cougars is “a little unsettling” for some deer hunters.

Starting Jan. 3, Hanson will have two maps on the association’s web site: one for cougar sightings — both confirmed and unconfirmed — and one for other predators.