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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