Cougar Shot by Hunter???

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cougarfan

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Dec 12, 2008
 
I received an e-mail showing a picture of a cougar shot by a hunter in Pelican Lake, WI. I was wondering if there is any truth to this?
Dan

Rhinelander, WI

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Dec 12, 2008
 
None whatsoever... That photo has been circulating for years... It was taken somewhere in the north west Utah or somewhere like that...

There are NO cougars in Wisconsin...

End of Story.
mark - waukesha

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Dec 18, 2008
 

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Dan wrote:
None whatsoever... That photo has been circulating for years... It was taken somewhere in the north west Utah or somewhere like that...
There are NO cougars in Wisconsin...
End of Story.
This isn't the only false reporting of Cougars in Wisconsin, check this .....
http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/mammals/cougar/...
E - Crandon

Fond Du Lac, WI

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Dec 18, 2008
 
I haven't heard of a Cougar shot in or near Pelican Lake. However, if you believe there are no Cougars in the state, you probably believe there are only a FEW Wolves. We also need a few more deer killed this year to CONTROL the herd.
Jax

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Dec 19, 2008
 
Don't know about the story BUT if you think there are no cougars in Wisconsin then you are completely WRONG. I live in central Illinois and the past year we have had sightings and even pictures from deer hunter's tree cameras of cougars. There has actually been several sightings along the Illinois River. Also, just this past year there was a cougar shot and killed in downtown Chicago. It was on the news. So if you think there are no cougars in Wisconsin you are sadly mistaken. Plus I know people in Northern Wisconsin who have talked to people as well as DNR (hush hush) that have confirmed cougars in Wisconsin.
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Dec 21, 2008
 
On Labor day weekend near Sayner and Star Lake, Wisconsin, the DNR was trapping a mountain lion which was killing all wildlife. I guess you can call the mountain a cougar. I saw it stalking my car outside a restaurant that was feeding the bears and wildlife. It was about 120 pounds and lighter in color and snarled like a cat.
Has anyone seen an animal like this is this vicinity.
Mert

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Dec 22, 2008
 

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Anyone who believes there are no cougars in Wisconsin will be in for a really big surprise some day, perhaps when they least expect it. Since 1967 I have personally seen four cougars, three of them in Burnett County, the other in Douglas county. Two of these cougars were tawny-colored, the other two were pitch black. I had the crosshairs of my rifle scope on the left shoulder of a black cougar in 1992 at a distance of forty yards or less but it ran instead of posing a threat to me In addition, I narrowly missed pinching the toe of a cougar in one of my fox traps about nine years ago. Fortunately I had the presence of mind to take a photo of the cougar's track using a 5 1/2"vice-grip for comparison. That close encounter of the worst kind occurred three miles southwest of Chetek. I have seventeen reports of people who have seen the cougar that lives in the Chetek area.
In addition to my cougar sightings, my oldest son has observed two cougars in the wild. One was a black cougar up in Burnett County in the general vicinity of where I saw a black cougar, his other sighting occurred near the town of Barnes located north of Hayward. He was up in a tree and at full draw with his bow in the event the cougar made a move in his direction.
Oh cougars out there all right. It's a matter of time before the truth begins to surface.
Perhaps the reason there is a complete lack of cougars being reported by the Wisconsin DNR has something to do with the fact they are far too involved in making their accurate counts on the number of wolves, bears, fishers, and deer which inhabit the State of Wisconsin?

I have two days remaining of a seven day survey I'm in the process of taking in the Oakwood Mall in Eau Claire. Ive been jotting down those who have had sightings and encounters with cougars in Wisconsin. So far I have ninety-three sightings of tawny-colored cougars and nine sightings of black cougars with two more days to go.
One of the reported sightings was made by a retired Wisconsin Game Warden. I bet the one he saw was either an "escaped pet" or a golden retriever. That's what any of us would be told by the DNR.
Gary J

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Dec 25, 2008
 
This pictures and stories always seem to pop up shortly after rifle deer season... see attached link... And, I am not one that believes there are no cougars in WI... and I also believe that wolves have exploded in population and are, at least to an extent responsible for the decrease in the deer kill this 2008 season...

finally, I don't believe Kennedy is still alive in Parkland, I believe that man did walk on the moon and also believe that terrorists and not President Bush destroyed the towers...

http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/mammals/cougar/...
ldpop

Bloomer, WI

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Dec 27, 2008
 
I live in northern Wi and know for a fact that there are cougars up here. We have seen him at our motel here.
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Dec 30, 2008
 
I think that dan doesnt know what he is talking about and should just accept that there is
Kayla

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Dec 30, 2008
 
This is true. I live about 20 miles where it was shot in Newood. Hwy 107 between Merrill and Tomahawk. There have been sightings. This article ran in the Tomahawk Newspaper today. The DNR confiscated it but would not reply.
cougarfan wrote:
I received an e-mail showing a picture of a cougar shot by a hunter in Pelican Lake, WI. I was wondering if there is any truth to this?
Dan

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Jan 2, 2009
 
I heard about the cougar siteing from a friend. I snopes it, and it turns out totally false. The cougar was shot in 2003 in Kansas.
Richard

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Jan 3, 2009
 

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Are you talking about my friends OLD junked Mercury Cougar? YES, its shot sitting on blocks right there in his front yard :)
Dan

Rhinelander, WI

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Jan 5, 2009
 
Excerpt for Wisconsin DNR....

Cougars (Puma concolor) also known as puma, mountain lion, panther, catamount, American lion, and mishibijn (Ojibwa), once roamed throughout the state of Wisconsin. It was one of three wild cats native to the state, along with the bobcat (Lynx rufus) and the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis). Currently bobcats are the only known breeding wild cat in the state, with a fall population of about 3000 in northern Wisconsin, and lower numbers in other portions of the state. Canada lynx do not appear to breed in Wisconsin, but rare visits are made to the state from this northern wildcat. Wild cougars probably disappeared from the state by about 1910, but reports again began to surface in the 1940s of possible cougars in the state. These were probably of escaped captive cougars or misidentifications. Since the 1940s various naturalists and wildlife biologists collected reports of cougar observations.

Since 1991, the Wisconsin DNR has conducted a standardized system of collecting reports of cougars and other rare mammals. On January 18, 2008 a cougar was sighted near Milton, in Rock County, Wisconsin. The sighting was verified as 'cougar' from the tracks and DNA from a small drop of blood from a cut on the foot. Since that time cougar tracks have been found near Elkhorn, about 23 miles southeast of the Milton sighting. The Wisconsin DNR is continuing to investigate sightings and tracks in Rock and Walworth Counties.

I think you have a better chance of seeing BIGFOOT than seeing a cougar in Wisconsin.

But you are correct, If you go by the Wisconsin DNR numbers, there are very few wolves and an abundance of deer.

Hmmmmmmmm
Dan

Rhinelander, WI

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Jan 5, 2009
 
BOBCATS and COUGARS are two different animals...Pardon the Pun
stan

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Jan 7, 2009
 
The picture is from Boone and crockets Fair Chase magazine, was shot in washington state, weighed 190 lbs.
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Jan 13, 2009
 
mark - waukesha wrote:
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This isn't the only false reporting of Cougars in Wisconsin, check this .....
http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/mammals/cougar/...
Dan your an idiot I live in Wisconson and I see cogors all the time!!!!!!!!
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Jan 14, 2009
 
Dan wrote:
None whatsoever... That photo has been circulating for years... It was taken somewhere in the north west Utah or somewhere like that...
There are NO cougars in Wisconsin...
End of Story.
I have physcially seen more than one far apart, do you believe the earth is flat too ? have aliens abducted you ?
RES

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Jan 15, 2009
 
We have the same controversy in Vermont. Bobcats are often confused as catamounts (although I'm not going to go as far as to say they couldn't be in the state....I might be called an idiot.....)

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Jan 16, 2009
 
Yes we have cougars in Wisconsin, my daughter has seen tracks.

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