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.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.