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Possible Cougar Sighting in St. Michael, Albertville

Two residents have reported cougar sightings recently in the community.

Maralee Sjerven of St. Michael has lost close to 25 chickens and several turkeys to what she believes to be a cougar recently. "Some of my neighbors have been seeing it for the last six months but I first saw it last Friday," she said. Sjerven and her husband live on a hobby farm just off County Road 37 and MacIver. "I'm trying to get pictures from anyone who has them," she said.

AnĀ Otsego resident also has heard about this cougar sighting. "I've heard from friends in the Towne Lakes area about the cougar being spotted on 70th streetĀ and people have been texting and posting warnings," Cari Nelson said.

Both Wright County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Natural Resources [DNR] have been contacted but the cougar sighting has not been confirmed by either. "We have received reports but we have not confirmed that it was indeed a cougar," Nicholas Snavely, the Assistant Area Wildlife Manager for the DNR said earlier this week. "We've suggested either using a trail camera or getting a foot print for us to verify," he added.

While we don't typically see many cougars in St. Michael, they are known to travel from the Dakotas over and through Minnesota, Snavely said.

If you have pictures or footprints from this cougar sighting, please contact the MN DNR at 320-223-7872.

Holly August 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I saw one cross the road just as you enter Hanover coming from Corcoran on County Road 19 two summers ago. It was night time and it ran right out in front of our car about 30 feet away. They definitely have been in the area.
Gary Mergesg August 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I seen it at Geez Bar and Grill, but it was on two legs and appeared to be approximately 40 to 45 years old!!!
Erik Bilicki August 16, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I saw this over near my townhome near 77th and Lachman about a month ago. I 'may' have a camera shot of it. My neighbors and I were trying to figure out just what it was!
CougerBait August 16, 2012 at 01:38 PM
They suggest setting up a trail camera to get an official picture .....might be a good location to start with!
Rick August 16, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I thought Pubhouse 19 was in Albertville?
Mike Schoemer (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Seriously, I love the cougar jokes. Feel free to keep them coming. It's great to see our community's sense of humor.
Jenifer August 16, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Lol...funny jokes!
Jenifer August 16, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Someone off of 36 in that Hotel by freeway had owned one.
John Carroll August 19, 2012 at 02:51 PM
The operative word in Jennifer's post is "had".
Evelyn Janice Jakubec August 19, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Very Funny!!!!!!!!
Rick August 19, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Mike, real humor is reading some of the diatribes slamming Congresswoman Bachmann. Oops, did I write that??? On another note, maybe someone in Albertville should open a bar and name it Wild Things or something, then it would be "PC" to have "Cougar Night."
Hiram August 20, 2012 at 12:52 AM
But was it sportin a RACK ?

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