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Cougar hit by car near Bemidji appeared to be wild

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Wildlife researchers are trying to find out more information about a mountain lion that was hit and killed by a car near Bemidji. The mountain lion was hit on Friday night. On Monday, the cat was taken to Grand Rapids where Minn...

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Wildlife researchers are trying to find out more information about a mountain lion that was hit and killed by a car near Bemidji.

The mountain lion was hit on Friday night. On Monday, the cat was taken to Grand Rapids where Minnesota Department of Natural Resources researchers will perform a necropsy.

Blane Klemek, a DNR wildlife manager in Bemidji, says the adult female cougar appears to have been a wild animal, because she didn't have a collar and hadn't been declawed.

Klemek says researchers will look in the cat's stomach to see what she's been eating. The necropsy will also determine how old she was.

Confirmed mountain lion sightings in Minnesota are rare.

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