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This trailcam photo is one of several circulating on the Internet recently purporting to show cougars in northern Minnesota. Authorities have identified the animals as habitating in South Dakota. [Photo courtesy Wisconsin DNR]

Minnesota DNR disputes cougar sighting claims

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A deer shot north of Duluth that was said to be ravaged by a cougar showed no evidence of a cougar eating it, according to two biologists who conducted a necropsy on the deer carcass.

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But the biologists said they did see signs that a large carnivore -- a wolf, dog, bear or possibly a cougar -- possibly grabbed the deer by the throat after it was shot.

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