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Cass Lake Conservation Officer Mark Mathy, on the left, and Bemidji Conservation Officer Mike Hruza pose with a 114-pound cougar struck by a car Friday night on the Schoolcraft Bridge south of Bemidji. (Submitted photo)

DNR: Bemidji cougar's origin still unknown

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PARK RAPIDS -- DNA testing continues on a young male cougar killed by a car Sept. 18 in Bemidji, but early indications may be that a stranger was in our midst.

"The DNA did not match any other cougar in the database so all that tells us is it's not a cougar somebody else already detected as part of a study," said DNR furbearer specialist John Erb. The cat was taken to the forest wildlife research station in Grand Rapids.

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