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DNR Confirms Cougar Spotted in Douglas County

A trail camera caught this photo of a cougar in Douglas County on Nov. 11. A trail camera caught this photo of a cougar in Douglas County on Nov. 11. |  Photo: Contributed

December 19, 2017 04:19 PM

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has determined that an animal spotted on a trail camera in Douglas County this fall is a cougar.

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Two photos were captured on Nov. 11 at separate locations in the Foxboro area, and another two photos were captured three days later at separate locations in the Bennett area. Trail cameras in central Wisconsin had captured images of a cougar between August and October, but the DNR says it's unknown whether the same animal visited both locations.

The DNR says there is no evidence of cougars breeding in Wisconsin. It says the animals that have been spotted in the state are believed to have come from the western U.S.

Cougars are protected in Wisconisn, so they can't be shot unless they're attacking a human or domestic animal. The DNR says cougar attacks on humans are very rare.

Anyone who believes they may have spotted a cougar is encouraged to report the sighting using the large mammal observation form on the DNR's website.


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