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Cougar sightings creating a buzz in region

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PARK RAPIDS -- The young male cougar killed by a motorist south of Bemidji last weekend has ignited a collective "I told you so!" among the region's populace certain that mountain lions roam the countryside.

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But local residents are also vilifying Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers who, in the past, have been cautious in acknowledging a continuous presence of cougars or a breeding population in the state despite hundreds of unconfirmed sightings.

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