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DNR Has No Immediate Plans To Catch Cougar


MADISON (WRN) - The state DNR says it does not have immediate plans to capture a cougar that’s been roaming in western Wisconsin. A farmer in Spring Valley found cougar tracks last Wednesday. Then on Saturday, a trail camera took a picture of what appeared to be the same animal walking near Downsville. Then on Monday, the DNR learned that the cougar killed a buck fawn about 100 yards from where the picture was taken. And Tuesday, there were fresh tracks which indicated the cougar had returned to the carcass to eat leftovers. The cougar has not been seen since. The DNR’s Jess Carstens said the animal appeared to weigh 90 to 100 pounds, and is apparently moving 5 to 7 miles a day. On December 11th, a cougar was spotted across the Saint Croix River in Stillwater Minnesota – and the tracks from that animal appeared to be similar in size to the one from western Wisconsin. Landowners are asked to report signs of cougar if they see them. In May, cougar tracks were found in Pepin County in western Wisconsin. And in March, DNR workers tried to tranquilize a cougar photographed in a tree near Spooner. That animal ran off. Cougars are protected species. Permits are needed to capture or kill them.