Cougar Sighting in NW Wisconsin
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Andy

Minneapolis, MN

#1917 Feb 29, 2012
Amery WI resident saw a mountain lion being chased by coyote last week West of town. Account per the Amery Free Press.

Since: Jan 12

Racine, WI

#1918 Jul 18, 2012
Another Cougar spotted on trail cam in Wisconsin today read about it here... http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/07/18/coug...
Ellen

Mendota, IL

#1919 Aug 9, 2012
There are cougars there!!!!!!!I have Proof!!!!I have a san disk of 645 pictures some one lost at Niagara falls June 11 that belong to some one there in Wisconsin. I have put the license plates on here again and again to try and find the owners of this San disk .There are 645 pictures on it and 3 of them have a picture of a cougar in them -so I can prove there is a cougar or was a cougar in Wisconsin. Who do these pictures belong to???If they were mine I would want them.Also pictures of University Wisconsin football players, championship pictures of Girls basketball games etc..
Ellen

Mendota, IL

#1920 Aug 12, 2012
jrhotwhlz wrote:
I swear I saw a cougar on the Douglas / Washburn County line last summer. DNR says WI has no cougars. Am I nuts? This was no bobcat....
I have 645 pictures that belong to someone there in Wisconsin and 3 of them a COUGAR in it so I have proof. I have tried again and again to have the person that is missing these pictures. I have numbers of their license plates--- Wisconsin car and license plates 359_TJS and 450531. I have ask a cop here in town to try and get me the owners of these pictures through the license plates. Someone is really upset losing this sandisk for a digital camera
Beth

Carpentersville, IL

#1921 Oct 25, 2012
My brother is pretty certain he saw a cougar in the Lake Wisconsin area last week. He thought it was a huge Bobcat until he saw the long tail. Early morning little after dawn it walked across the road about 50 to 75 yards in front of him.
Beth

Carpentersville, IL

#1922 Oct 25, 2012
Beth wrote:
My brother is pretty certain he saw a cougar in the Lake Wisconsin area last week. He thought it was a huge Bobcat until he saw the long tail. Early morning little after dawn it walked across the road about 50 to 75 yards in front of him.
Forgot to mention, a neighbor in the same area saw one in their yard last winter/spring.
Herman

Hudson, WI

#1924 May 28, 2013
Here is an interesting article about a cougar sighting.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/05/28/st-p...
dash

Wausau, WI

#1925 May 29, 2013
Interesting. There have been a few other sightings in Wisconsin lately, but I forgot to post them here. If I find them, I will post them too.
dash

Wausau, WI

#1926 May 29, 2013
Franklin is just south of Milwaukee.
http://mountpleasant.patch.com/articles/are-c...
MountPleasantPatch
Are Cougars on the Prowl Here?
A report of a cougar sighting by a Franklin police officer is the latest such report in the area. But DNR officials believe — based on the description — that the animal was probably a bobcat.

By Denise Lockwood
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May 22, 2013
There's been another report of a cougar sighting in southeastern Wisconsin, but state wildlife officials remain skeptical about whether the big cat is really prowling around the area.

A Franklin police officer and resident saw what they thought was a cougar near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail last week, according to a report by FranklinNOW.

However, state Department of Resources officials suspect the animal may have been a bobcat.

The officer had been talking to a resident when the two saw "a large, brown cat with a stub tail walk out from the wooded area, leap into the air over the path and walk back into the woods," according to NOW.

However, David MacFarland, an official with the DNR, said the agency hasn't received of that cougar sighting from its online report form.

In an email, MacFarland said that based on the officer's description, the officer and resident likely saw a bobcat.

"Given how likely this is to be a bobcat, I wouldn’t expect the wildlife supervisor referenced in the story to proceed with an investigation," MacFarland said.

Earlier this month, the Caledonia Conservancy Facebook page reported that a cougar was “seen coming and going out of an abandoned barn numerous times” on a property at 6 Mile and Foley Road three times.

Cougar sightings have also been reported in Oak Creek on April 17, the DNR said.

The sighting from Oak Creek was just south of Mitchell Field, which DNR officials said was an "unlikely place for a cougar to show up." The person described a dark brown animal as being four-feet long that ran with a long stride across College Avenue. DNR officials suspect the animal was a dog.

In November, Adrian Wydeven, carnivore specialist with the DNR, said while cougars have been located in Wisconsin, they have typically been found in the northern and western parts of the state. Still, cougars are known to travel from western South Dakota as far away a Connecticut.

Cougars are very large cats. They have long rounded tails, rounded heads, rounded ears, dark patches of fur along their face and are a solid tan color.

“People often mistake a bobcat for a cougar and sometimes they mistake a wolf, coyote and fox for them, especially if they didn’t get a long look at them,” Wydeven said.“If you are seeing an animal from far off, it’s hard to judge weight and size.”

Related Topics: Cougar sightings, DNR, David MacFarland, Wisconsin DNR, and cougar sighting
dash

Wausau, WI

#1928 Jun 6, 2013
dash

Wausau, WI

#1929 Jun 6, 2013
what did you end up doing with those pictures? I hope giving them to the DNR?
Ellen wrote:
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I have 645 pictures that belong to someone there in Wisconsin and 3 of them a COUGAR in it so I have proof. I have tried again and again to have the person that is missing these pictures. I have numbers of their license plates--- Wisconsin car and license plates 359_TJS and 450531. I have ask a cop here in town to try and get me the owners of these pictures through the license plates. Someone is really upset losing this sandisk for a digital camera
dash

Wausau, WI

#1930 Jul 19, 2013
A new confirmed sighting in Florence County WI
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/couga...
dash

Wausau, WI

#1933 Sep 11, 2013
http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/201... Article on non-confirmed trail cam pictures of cougar in Door County WI.
one mile

Appleton, WI

#1934 Mar 10, 2014
There is a big cat in pembine. he likes one mile road ALOT! Ive seem him near there 4 times now. 3 times just glimpses of a bat fat tail disappearing. and 1 time he crossed the road in front of me on one mile.
Hodagjo

Rhinelander, WI

#1935 Aug 26, 2014
Ambrose wrote:
I've heard of 3 more sightings, 2 young cougars together in Harshaw area town of Cassain, 1 adult cougar in Harshaw area town of Cassain(both these were in Aug or Sept) and 1 adult probably in the town of Piehl before rifle season. I actually should clarify the sighting my wife and I had. It was quite a few years ago, about 1989.
2014/august
Harshaw, WI area. Several more recent reports of cougars being in this area, two cougars being seen together, one carrying a small coyote in his/her mouth. This is really bothering to have them in our neck of the woods with a bike/hiking trail not too far from where they were seen, not to mention the walkers in this area. It' s puts a person on guard and puts a fear in them if they want to do any recreational in this area. Cougars would no doubt see a person as sport and their next meal.
Someone

Wausau, WI

#1936 Oct 7, 2014
http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/sports... One sighting east of Merrill Lincoln co, other Marionette County.
Rocks67

Berwyn, IL

#1937 Oct 7, 2014
Someone wrote:
http://www.wausaudailyherald.c om/story/sports/outdoors/2014/ 10/07/dnr-confirms-two-cougar- wisconsin/16861017/ One sighting east of Merrill Lincoln co, other Marionette County.
Wow. I've been up in Marionette quite a few times for rafting in early Spring. I know I saw something on my walk from the showers.

I don't understand why people don't believe they are back. More deer = more prey = more hunters, ie Wolves, Cougars and Bear.
ernie

Frederic, WI

#1938 Dec 25, 2015
kls wrote:
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I think you are just way to smart for your own good. If you dont think that there is even a possibility that cougars could exist in Wisconsin, then maybe you should keep you educated comments to yourself!
I'm in Burnett co wi since 2009 I have seen two cougers a third was killed on st rd 35 after first sighting and now have what looks like couger track friesh in the snow got pics !!! This is there natural rage also have talked to many people from superior to rice lake all have claims of couger sighting so nope couldn't be here !!!
Invader Zim

Racine, WI

#1939 Monday Jan 1
I saw a black panther bound across the road one night by the rver just ousde Cornell. I have other freinds that have spotted them in different areas of the state.
Take it or leave it but my family was living up there in the middle of no where down a driveway no one could find. I saw everything but bigfoot and that surprised me. There was so much wildlife around. We were right on a lake and next to a swamp. The damn eagle kept trying to eat our dog! Bears, wolves, I never seen so many deer all at once. The snapping turtles were humongous! We were right between Cornell and Bloomer Wisconsin.

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