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Possible cougar sightings in Bloomington

The DNR says that in the last 15 years there have only been about 30 cougar sightings across Minnesota.
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The City of Bloomington is warning residents of possible cougar sightings.

According to a post on the Bloomington MN City Government Facebook page, "residents in the area of 102nd Street and Chicago Avenue" spotted "a large cat on two different occasions" recently.

The residents said it looked like a cougar.

No photos have been taken of the large cat.

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The DNR says there have been about 30 cougar sightings across the state in the last 15 years.

The City of Bloomington's website provided residents with tips if the public spots a cougar:

If a cougar is sighted or encountered, residents are asked to follow the below safety tips before calling the Bloomington Police Department. 

  • Keep calm.
  • Make yourself look as large as possible and back away slowly, keeping the cougar in view, and allowing a clear exit for the cougar.
  • Pick up children and small pets immediately.
  • Never run or turn your back—sudden movements may provoke an attack.