Man Who Shot Cougar Faces Misdemeanor Charge
Date posted - February 1, 2012
A Southwest Minnesota resident has been cited after he shot a cougar in November.
Daniel Hamman of rural Round Lake Township has been charged with shooting a protected animal. Hamman allegedly shot the 125-pound cat in November. He had been contacted by a neighbor who said they saw the animal come out of a grove and run into a culvert. Hamman allegedly shot the animal when it was flushed from the culvert.
There is no open season on cougars in Minnesota, as they are a protected species in that state. If Hamman had shot the animal a few miles south, in Iowa, there would have been no charges filed, as cougars are not protected in Iowa.
The misdemeanor Minnesota charge carries a maximum of a $1000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
By Scott Van Aartsen News Director
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