Charges filed in cougar shooting
JACKSON -- Daniel Hamman, 26, of Round Lake, was cited Friday for one count of shooting a protected animal. The charge stems from the shooting death of a cougar that took place in November.
The citation, filed by the Jackson County Attorney's Office, is a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine.
Hamman allegedly shot the cougar after being contacted by a neighbor, Bruce Ihnen.
Ihnen saw the cougar come out of a grove and run into a ditch, then into a culvert, he told the Daily Globe a few days after the shooting. After Hamman arrived, the men flushed the cougar out of the culvert and Hamman allegedly shot the 125-pound male cat, who was estimated later to be between 1 and 3 years old.
After the shooting, the men and some relatives took photos of the animal, some of which ended up on Facebook.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was contacted the following day, and took possession of the cougar's body, which the men had stored in a cooler.
Jackson Assistant County Attorney Sherry Haley said no charges have been filed against Bruce Ihnen.
"That doesn't mean I never will, but I didn't charge him with anything today," Haley said.