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DNR investigating reports of a mountain lion near Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is sending a warning to people in northeast Rochester after residents say they've spotted a possible mountain lion that may have attacked a family's pet.

A 200-pound Great Dane had to be put down after it was brutally attacked Saturday afternoon by what some are suspecting to be a mountain lion.  The attack happened somewhere between the 4000 and 5000 block of Highway 63 at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said paw prints were seen in the sand of Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center

The dog was found with its stomach ripped open and bite marks on its body.

The sheriff's office said the DNR is skeptical that this is a mountain lion attack since mountain lions are not common in this area.

But deputies are trying to figure out what animal could have caused such a horrific scene.

"It would be very unlikely that a coyote would be able to take down a 200-pound dog. That's a really big dog. It was a Great Dane and it was a very, very large dog. And for a coyote to take it down it would be inconsistent with what typical coyotes would be available to do," said Sgt. Tom Claymon with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who has seen the mountain lion to contact law enforcement.

The DNR is searching the area on Monday.

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