DNR confirms two cougar sightings

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Associated Press, staff | October 8, 2014

MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologists confirm two cougar sightings this year.

Trail cameras captured images of a cougar in Lincoln and Marinette counties. DNR wildlife biologist David MacFarland says the sightings, about 90 miles apart, could be the same cougar.

In the first case, a landowner checking his trail camera last month discovered the image captured in July east of Merrill. In the second case, the cougar in Marinette County was photographed with a trail camera on Sept. 1 near Middle Inlet and was reported to the DNR Sept. 30.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the DNR received dozens of reports of potential cougar sightings in 2013, but only eight were confirmed as probable and three were verified. Experts say cougars had virtually disappeared in Wisconsin in 1910.

Cougars sightings were reported around Janesville in June.

The DNR is asking individuals who have observed cougars in Wisconsin, especially if they have obtained photos, to report their findings using the "Rare Mammal Observation Form."

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