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.