Wisconsin’s Mystery Cats: 2010

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 14th, 2010

A new article in the Janesville Gazette has been published reviewing the “cougar” situation in Wisconsin.

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Doug Graf points out some possible cougar tracks to his sister Kathy Rudnitzki on their rural Edgerton property.

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Jim Rudnitzki uses his hand to judge the size of a suspected cougar print. Though DNR officials didn’t think the track belonged to a big cat, the state’s leading cougar expert said the Rudnitzkis were right to get pictures of the prints.

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Jim Rudnitzki measures the stride of what he suspects to be a cougar on his property in rural Edgerton.

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Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

7 Responses to “Wisconsin’s Mystery Cats: 2010”

  1. suwalker responds:

    I live in the center of Iowa (Story County) and have heard from two farmers (one in Radcliffe, one north of Nevada, IA) who live within less than 10 miles of each other who have reported tracks and sightings. Both describe the classic tawny mountain lion in color and size. One also found one of the burial cache mounds where the big cat digs up earth and buries their prey to allow it to ripen a bit before they come back to enjoy it later.

  2. arewethereyeti responds:

    With numerous sightings and, at least, three confirmed cases (i.e. dead bodies) of cougars in Illinois within the past 10 years – the most recent, in the city if Chicago, itself (!), in 2008 – is there really any question that Wisconsin has a population of the big cats?

    I mean, unless they’re swimming the Mississippi from Iowa, or flying in via O’Hare Int’l., those cats are coming from somewhere!

    First Cheeseheads and now this… Thanks, Wisconsin. 😉

  3. Mcea0006 responds:

    I hunt out in WI with my cousin and he has seen one up in Chippewa county while deer hunting 2 years ago. Although with the increased wolf populations out there, they will be competing for the same food supply.

  4. semillama responds:

    I worked for a couple years at Fort McCoy in Monroe County in west-central Wisconsin, and there was an area of the installation that people were warned to be careful when going in alone, as there were sightings of a cougar. This was in 1999-2000.

  5. Oggar responds:

    There are cougars through out Minnesota, I’ve been within 30 feet of one on foot and nearly hit one with my truck. It’s no surprise they are in Wisconsin too.

  6. Scott C. responds:

    My wife and I came across cougar tracks about half-way between Dunbar and Pembine, WI. No question in my mind as to what they were… no bobcat ever grew that big.

    I also heard that eerie cry they make, one night while camping on an island in the Wisconsin River.

  7. tropicalwolf responds:

    This is no mystery to those of us in the midwest…the only people still in denial about mountain lions in the midwest are the respective state dnrs.

    Off-topic: This site has definately improved their advertisers….now if we could only lose those God-awful “baby” ads….

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