Our Conservation office is still denying the existance of cougars in MN even though they have been seen regularly since the 80s. When they are forced to acknowledge one thats been hit by a car or has been caught on video in a residential neighborhood its the "it must be an escaped illegal pet" excuse. I've seen several over the years.Our current conservation officers are schooled.....somewhere.....and mostly inexperienced. Evidently that agent never travelled north of the Missouri River to north Missouri where the deer are bodied a lot like Iowa. The conservation dept. denied bear existed in Missouri for 50 years....until they started getting hit on the highway. They could say "that isn't a bear track" but it's kinda difficult to say "that isn't a bear" when it's laying there dead in front of them or, guys had pictures of them raiding feed bins. I don't put a lot of faith in our Cons. dept. anymore.