It is illegal to shoot a cougar in Minnesota unless it is about to eat you. This did not stop Bruce Ihnen and Daniel Hamman from killing one of these beautiful beasts. Ihnen and Hamman need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Which, unfortunately, is not much. A hand slap, really.
The DNR is investigating the case for possible charges. Mountain lions are protected in Minnesota and killing one is a misdemeanor unless it poses an immediate threat to human life.
The incident occurred in the southwestern part of the state (down ’round these parts) where almost everything is corn. And I have to say, most of the really annoying news stories from Minnesota seem to come from that vicinity these days as well.
Maybe there’s something in the fertilizer.