Mountain lion seen in northwest Wisco...

Mountain lion seen in northwest Wisconsin for first time in cen...

There are 66 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Mar 5, 2009, titled Mountain lion seen in northwest Wisconsin for first time in cen.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A male mountain lion was chased up a tree near Spooner, Wis., twice this week. DNR officials tried to sedate the animal, but it escaped.

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d mcclay

Oklahoma City, OK

#1 Mar 5, 2009
saw a cougar pounced on a guy at paulie's bar in chanhassan about 30 years ago.
auroranorth

Denmark, WI

#2 Mar 5, 2009
experts again who cant operate a dart gun, Dnr needs to cut back on tomfoolery
Fed up with bailing out

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 5, 2009
You can bet your sweet life this isn't the only mountain lion here. If there's one, there's more. It sure is a gorgeous big cat.
slh

Terre Haute, IN

#4 Mar 6, 2009
Well over a week ago, not this past Monday, but the one before it, to be exact, I believed that I saw a Mountain Lion chasing a Golden Retriever from a cattailed pond area, behind my house in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but of course nobody really wanted to believe me. The thing is, I only saw this for a split second, and though I was almost positive this is what I saw, there was no way that I was about to go out there to investigate to make sure!

What happened was, it was still kind of early morning, I was looking out the window, and noticed this Golden Retriever wandering around by itself, or so it seemed, in the park which is behind my house and across the street. I live in a new subdivision which isn't even finished yet, and before they started construction it was all prairie land. Anyway, I saw the dog wandering and I remember thinking, "I wonder where it's owner is, and why it isn't on a leash?" There is actually a row of houses behind my house, and I was seeing this between two houses. I saw the dog wandering down into the pond area, by the cattails, very leisurely, and suddenly I saw that same dog take off running away from that area, and right behind it was what I thought, at first, may have been another dog like him, just because of the color on that animal's back, but then I realized, even in that split-second, that the second animal had a totally different shape of it's head, body, and long tail! Unfortunately, I only saw this for that split-second because the area in the direction that they ran is blocked by one of the houses behind my house. I didn't see anything else of either animal after that! It was as though they just disappeared, but, again, I was not about to go out there to investigate, but I really wanted to. I thought about calling the Game Warden or Animal Control, but, we were having work done on our house, and I really didn't know exactly what I saw, and didn't want to seem irrational. Still, it kept bothering me for days, as there is a house right next to that pond where they obviously have small children, as they have play equiptment in their yard.

This report only confirms, for me, what I believed that I had just seen. I just wonder if the owners of that dog think that their dog just ran away, and whether or not it's carcass is still laying somewhere in the wooded area near that pond?

I saw a mountain lion a few years back, actually almost hitting it with my car, in Antioch, Illinois, one night! My daughter was in the backseat but saw it also. I headed straight to the Antioch Police Department, just to inform them because I thought that they would be interested. They did not seem to believe me, but took the information anyway. A day or so later I got a phone call from another newspaper and they put a story about it in their paper, or at least online. That's where I found it. Most people didn't believe me, and I did some research on mountain lions. I found out that another woman, in Antioch, also, had reported sighting one in her backyard a while before I had my sighting/near-miss. It kind of made me surprised, then, that the Police Department in that town seemed so disinterested. I also found that a Police Officer in Waukegan, Illinois had sighted a mountain lion near the "Amstutz" highway but he was not believed, either, and many people were making fun of him. A month or two after my sighting, they found a mountain lion dead, on the side of the road, somewhere around Moline, Illinois...actually, I think it was in Rochester.
slh

Terre Haute, IN

#5 Mar 6, 2009
From everything that I read when I did my research a few years ago, both mountain lions and coyotes are making their way down here, and further south, because of the "growth," or "progress," removing much of their natural habitat up in Canada.
Virgil Flowers

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Mar 6, 2009
slh wrote:
From everything that I read when I did my research a few years ago, both mountain lions and coyotes are making their way down here, and further south, because of the "growth," or "progress," removing much of their natural habitat up in Canada.
I'm a bit curious about your 'research';Coyotes have existed in every part of North America(and documented in every county of the United States) for as long anyone has been paying attention. That they have, like the deer, adapted to suburban, and urban settings is the reason they are more frequently seen.
Those who study mountain lions say consistently that the cats spotted in the midwest are typically released pets, or maturing males being flung out of their parents domain-typically the far western Dakotas. They say it will be big news if/ when a litter of young gets spotted, as that will mean the breeding range has expanded. There have been random spottings in the Minn/ Wis area as long as there have been people in those areas.
Lawyer

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Mar 6, 2009
Mountain lion? Are they sure it wasn't a..........cougar?
Grizzly Adams

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Mar 6, 2009
slh wrote:
It kind of made me surprised, then, that the Police Department in that town seemed so disinterested.
What did you expect them to do? I think the police have bigger fish to fry.
Gotta wonder

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Mar 6, 2009
The wild life is all around out there in the areas we think of as being rural. You name the North American wild animal and of course it is someplace so why not in WI ? I think I can name a few.
Leinie Leopard....drunk with measles.
Green Bay Serpent...shredded skin with the # 4 on it.
Ashland Alien...lost tourist.
Bayfield Backyard Buthcher...you don't want to know.
Unalaska UFO...Home of Tar Wars too many potholes.

Too bad the pic was not clicked in Mt Iron, then would be the Mt Lion of Mt Iron...but that is Minnesota...
Cat Up a Tree

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Mar 6, 2009
Could it be Nancy Pelosi?
Outsidelookingin

Grantsburg, WI

#11 Mar 6, 2009
Cat Up a Tree wrote:
Could it be Nancy Pelosi?
No way! Nancy Pelosi certainly isn't a cougar. About 15 years ago a friend photographed cougar tracks in the sand near his cabin in western Burnett County. There was no doubt they were cougar tracks!
Jim Dixon

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Mar 6, 2009
As the map clearly shows, Spooner is not in Burnett County; it's in Washburn County, but it's near the Burnett border.
mtn lion

South Saint Paul, MN

#13 Mar 6, 2009
I saw one out my bedroom window last year in Inver Grove Heights, early in the morning. The tail is what I remember the most. Unfortunately, I didn't have time grab a picture of it, as it took off right away.
Bud in St Paul

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Mar 6, 2009
I saw one at the bar last week downtown St.Paul she was hunting a young guy near the rest room lost sight of them soon after.
hdog

United States

#15 Mar 6, 2009
Thanks PP for printing some fun, innocuous, non-politically correct news of local interest. Refreshing, after being greeted by the usual Yahoo idiocy every morning. I would find a new home page, but they're all stupid.
hdog

United States

#16 Mar 6, 2009
Grizzly Adams wrote:
<quoted text>
What did you expect them to do? I think the police have bigger fish to fry.
Really, what are they supposed to do, run out and shoot it?
Destitute and Purring

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Mar 6, 2009
It's one of our Congressmen relaxing and licking its chops after passing another unfunded government bailout handout to AGI, Detroit automakers, ethanol producers, farmers and agribusiness, oil war profiteers, etc.
Jed Hillmer

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Mar 6, 2009
I vote "Leinie Leopard"
BAN GUNS

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Mar 6, 2009
Hey -- the article said it's favorite is 'deer'....hmmm does the twin cities have any wild deer that we'd like to rid of??

Let nature take it's course.
I love Animals

Hopkins, MN

#20 Mar 6, 2009
I hope the DNR or Police or anyone else for that matter doesn't kill the mountain lion or cougar unless it is attacking another human. In that case.. yes like any other animal... it needs to be killed.
We just need to be aware of our surroundings and if we are out and about in rural America (camping, hiking, etc).. what can we do to scare off these animals.
When camping in the forests and hills of Colorado... you tie up your food in trees and hike with bells or some other noise maker to keep the bears away.
We just need to educate ourselves so that "Man" (or Woman) and Animals can live peacefully together.

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