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This is the last confirmed sighting of a cougar in northern Minnesota. Jim Schubitzke's trail cam caught this cat near Floodwood. (Submitted photo)

Unconfirmed cougar sightings persist

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Park Rapids has been "cougarized."

That's the phenomenon Robert Rabasco assigns to the numerous alleged sightings of big cats in the Hubbard County region.

Rabasco is assistant area wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Park Rapids.

Despite more reported sightings, the DNR still "has no confirmations," Rabasco said.

"There is no photographic evidence, no prints, no dead cougar," he said.

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