Bobcats, Lynx, and Cougars have called Minnesota "home" for longer than human beings have lived on the state's soil. With that being said, all three of these feline predators were, at one point, threatened of nearly becoming extinct in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes in the twentieth century.

And while numbers (especially for bobcats) have rebounded somewhat in recent years, it has people wondering, just how many of these cats live in Minnesota in 2023?

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Bobcats

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According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, it is estimated that roughly 2,000 bobcats live in Minnesota, mainly in the northern part of the state. Although, few humans have ever seen one in the wild. And that's just the way bobcats would like it.

Canadian Lynx

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The Canadian Lynx looks quite similar to the bobcat, except with longer ears, and more hair on its paws to protect from the snow.

It is estimated that around 50-200 Lynx live in northern Minnesota. Small numbers, but encouraging, since they were once thought to be all but vanished from the state.

Cougars (Mountain Lions)

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Most experts agree that there are currently no breeding pairs of Cougars living in the state of Minnesota, but that doesn't mean they aren't passing through from time to time.

Cougars in Minnesota are considered transient; meaning that they frequently travel through the state, but it is believed that no Mountain Lions currently call the North Star State "home".

According to a recent article from the Star Tribune, there have been 59 Mountain Lion sightings in Minnesota since tracking of the animal began in 2004.

Story Source:  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources WebsiteMinnesota Public Radio News

Ten Most Disappointing Minnesota Sports Seasons

The 2021 Minnesota Twins entered the season with high expectations, but unfortunately, they've made the list of most disappointing Minnesota teams of all time.

Disappointment is a common feeling for Minnesota sports fans as the years continue. Following the NBA Championship win for Milwaukee, SportsCenter was quick to point out that Minnesota has the current longest streak of seasons without a championship appearance in the four major sports (MLB/NBA/NFL/NHL). The Minnesota Lynx also chimed in on the stat after claiming four championships since 2011.

The ten teams that are on this list all follow a similar pattern. The year prior was either a great season with a playoff run or one that featured a strong core of players that appeared to have taken the next step. Offseason/preseason expectations were high with even Las Vegas oddsmakers believing in a deep run. Unfortunately, those preseason expectations fell short for the following teams. None of the teams listed below made the playoffs.


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