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Cougars in the North, Sightings In Wisconsin.
Cougar Sightings in Northern Wisconsin
There have been sightings of cougars in northern Wisconsin. The DNR in Wisconsin has always claimed there are no big cats up north. They say the cougars people are seeing are just big house cats. This shows what they think of the public, that we don't know how to tell a house cat from a cougar makes us all pretty dumb. They also say if anyone should see one it is just passing through. They are in Wisconsin and they are not just passing through.
We have seen a cougar by our home for many years. One morning very early after a big snow. My husband was snow-blowing on a very long road. When he turned and came back along the road the lights from the snow-blower fell on the cat tracks. The cougar had come out from the woods behind him and had tracked him. We waited until it was light and took pictures of the tracks. The prints were very large.
Last summer in the same area my sister-in-law and brother saw the cat in the middle of the road.
It has been heard during the night. The cat used to hang near our house and really near everyone's home around the lake because we were all pretty close to each other. My husband would find the tracks of the cougar in our driveway along with the tracks of a rabbit. The driveway was all messed up and it looked like the cat and rabbit had been running back and forth on the driveway. My husband said what it looked like to him was the cat was chasing the rabbit.
We now live in another area where a cougar was seen running after a deer in our meadow and there are people here that just recently saw a cougar running after a deer.
I don't believe in hunting cougars unless there is one that is causing trouble around schools or whatever.
I have a fear of running into them while walking in our meadow, but I also worry about running into a bear or wolf too.
For years the DNR claimed there were no wolves here, now the wolves are all over the place.
We have never reported our sightings of cougars because we know they would not believe us.
There are states that do allow hunting of cougars.
Footprints in our drive-way.
The Different Names of Cougars
The DNR did have a site set up to show pictures that have gone around on the internet and that are fake pictures of cats from the north. They have taken it down now. Now they want people to report sightings.
- Cougars are also called:
- Mountain Lion
- American lion
- mishibijn (Ojibwa
10 square miles for males. 2 square miles for females.
The big cats can range from 25 to 35 square miles to 50 to 150 square miles. I don't know which one is true I can't seem to find the answer on a site I would trust.
Up Date On Cougars
Cougars returning to Wisconsin May 2010
There are now articles in the paper and on TV about the cougar's return. Funny the DNR are just figuring that out. If they had listened to citizens they would have to know that more than 20 years ago. Our first sighting was in 1990.
The DNR is now working to deal with the cougars that they claim are only in the southern part of the state, not true they are up north.
Little cougar cubs worried about coyotes.
This cougar was found in Burnett County, WI near Spooner. The DNR tried to tranquilize him so they could collar him, but it didn't work he got away.
People in our old area said they saw the female Cougar with two little ones.
Baby Cougar Aren't They Beautiful?
A sheriff’s deputy living not far from us shot a 20-year-old female member of his family because he thought she was a cougar.
The way the story goes, he saw a cougar earlier in his yard and later a female member of his family was playing a prank on him, He thought it was a cougar and shot her. WARNING NEVER PLAY A PRANK ON A MAN WITH A GUN. The bizarre story, investigation ongoing. The story was in our newspaper.
If A Cougar Attacks
If a cougar attacks fight back with all you've got. If you see him coming at you make as much noise as you can and make yourself look as big as you can. If you have a jacket hold it up over your head to make yourself look larger and give the cat space to escape.
There are attacks from cougars more out west where people hike and where more cougars live.
A woman fights off cougar to save her husband.
A woman sings opera and saves her life.
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