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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)

Cougar struck by motorist near Bemidji

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A male mountain lion was struck and killed by a motorist Friday night south of Bemidji, likely confirming what most residents have suspected: big cats roam the area.

The 114-pound cougar's remains have been taken to a DNR furbearer specialist in Grand Rapids to determine if the animal is wild or domesticated.

Bemidji conservation officer Mike Hruza, who picked up the animal after it was killed on Carr Lake Road, believes it may be a wild animal.

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