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.
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