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Because of public hysteria over predatory cats, many states have laws preventing the re-release of cougars once captured. The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone houses 14 cougars and is in the process of getting a 15th. Some are wild; some are domesticated animals the owners couldn't keep any longer. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Cougar sightings creating a buzz in region

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The young male cougar killed by a motorist south of Bemidji last weekend has ignited a collective "I told you so!" among the region's populace certain that mountain lions roam the countryside.

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