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Associated Prss, Published August 28 2010

Cougar sighted in Twin Cities suburb

ROSEVILLE, Minn. - Several people say they spotted a cougar prowling in the Twin Cities suburb of Roseville, and experts believe the sighting may be linked to a Wisconsin cat.

WCCO-TV reported a witness saw the animal early Thursday near railroad tracks. State wildlife officials say there’s never been a confirmed case of a cougar attacking a person in Minnesota.

Tammy Theis of the Wildcat Sanctuary says if a transient cougar is in the area, people should remain calm. Cougars are easily frightened and apt to run away.

Wildlife experts in Wisconsin say cougars are beginning to take up permanent habitat in the state after a centurylong absence. Officials have confirmed four cougars in Wisconsin, and five sets of tracks have been identified in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.