While a cougar sighting is not entirely uncommon in Minnesota, actually having a no-doubt-about-it sighting with undeniable video is a very rare occurrence.
It’s caused quite a stir in the northern Twin Cities suburb of Champlin, where a police officer caught the elusive cat on his squad car’s dash cam.
OK, scouts… what should you do if you encounter a cougar?
An encounter would be extremely rare in Minnesota. Cougars hunt by stalking and attacking from ambush and if encountered should be faced. Recommended actions include making yourself appear large by holding your arms above your head, waving a hat or jacket, talking loudly and firmly, and throwing rocks or sticks at the animal to chase it away. If actually attacked, hit the animal in the face and head with anything handy. Don’t run, crouch or lay down. Try and stay above the animal, give the animal a clear escape route, etc.
By the way, the DNR estimates the cougar weighs 200 pounds.