Cougars go by many names: Mountain lions, panthers, and pumas, to name a few.
They are not currently established in Minnesota, but new research studied whether they might be one day.
While there have been sightings of cougars in Minnesota, those were animals passing through. There are no established breeding pairs in Minnesota.
University of Minnesota researcher Michelle LaRue has been working to model how cougars might expand their range across the Midwest.
She spoke about that research with MPR's Tom Weber. She also discussed similar work to study penguins in Antarctica.