Extraordinary Cougar Caught on Tape

Candice Gaukel Andrews August 18, 2011 2

The cougar that lost his life recently on a highway in Connecticut pulled off one remarkable feat. He walked from South Dakota to the East Coast, a journey that probably encompassed 1,600 miles or more. And he did it mostly in secret, avoiding large cities.

On December 5, 2009, however, a Champlin, Minnesota, police dashboard camera happened to catch this mountain lion on tape. He was spotted in a residential area near Highway 169 and the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi is a natural travel corridor for wild animals. But once past the river, this cougar faced many big-city challenges that he would have had to think his way around.

Let’s watch the Champlin, Minnesota, police dashboard footage of this incredible big cat in tribute to his accomplishment — and his courage.


  1. Traveling Ted August 19, 2011 at 9:18 am - Reply

    I thought it was crazy when the one came from the Black Hills to Chicago, but this one made it twice as far. Amazing.

  2. Sharon Adler August 18, 2011 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Amazing how close it was to that house. Gave me shivers!

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