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Wisconsin Cougar Confirmed

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 13th, 2009

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that they’ve seen a mountain lion in Burnett County, just west of Spooner, last week. Photographs, clear ones, were taken.

After being contacted by a hunter, a group of DNR biologists tracked and treed the animal on Wednesday, March 4th.

They were unable to capture it without hurting it, but they plan to keep on trying. If captured, they plan to put a radio tracking collar around it’s neck and release it unharmed, back into the wild. They will also do a DNA test to determine it’s origin.

Another picture of a cougar treed in Washburn County last week shows it kept its eyes on DNR personnel, who failed in attempts to tranquilize it and put on a radio collar. It was the second confirmed sighting of the species in Wisconsin recently.

The last known wild mountain lions in Wisconsin disappeared in the early 1900s.

A very detailed article on the recent Wisconsin incidents can be found here.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


6 Responses to “Wisconsin Cougar Confirmed”

  1. Andrew Minnesota responds:

    It doesn’t surprise me at the Minnesota Zoo they have mountain lions in the native species section of the zoo and with all the reports of them popping up out east I don’t see why they wouldn’t be in WI too, I actually didn’t know they weren’t supposed to be in the wild in WI anymore to be honest.

  2. wutzisface responds:

    Mid western Indiana, about an hour from my home, has also had some recent sitings.
    Cougar sightings near school cancels recess

  3. planettom responds:

    Let’s hope the outcome is much better than the Arizona jaguar tragedy.

  4. cryptidsrus responds:

    I’m happy the cougar is back ANYWHERE.

  5. John A. Lutz responds:

    This latest picture of a Wisconsin cougar doesn’t come as any surprise to the Eastern Puma Research Network.

    In August 2004, a trail camera set out by a retired Wisconsin DNR officier to “catch a suspected cougar several people had seen in Morris Township of Shawano County” accomplished its goal.

    Confirmed evidence of yet another puma was caught on film near Burlington in early May 2008.

    Neither of these photos were acknowledged by Wisconsin DNR, whose officials didn’t want the public to know about them, since trained observers were the witnessess.

  6. The Y2J Problem responds:

    They finally admit it. My family here in Wisconsin has been seeing them for years. One of my dad’s friends had a photo he took less than ten feet away of a black panther but weird guys came and took them and said they don’t exist. Everyone around here already knew they did.



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