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DNR Confirms Cougar Sightings In Langlade County


DNR  biologists have confirmed cougar sightings last month southwest of Elcho in Langlade County .
 DNR large carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland in Rhinelander says the cat was caught on trail cameras last month...

"....in the past week the DNR has received two different pictures from different land owners of pictures of cougars in Langlade county. Both of those pictures were taken on separate properties, both on the ninth of July..."

He says the public should not be alarmed...

"....we don't consider this to be a significant public safety threat. We've never had a person injured by a cougar in the state. The chances of running into a cougar in Wisconsin are extraordinarily low. The probability of being injured by it is lower still...."

He says there hasn't been a report of a person injured by a cougar in Wisconsin. He says the chances of  running into a cougar are low. He says  genetic evidence from prior sightings in the state show all the sightings to be males from a population of cats in the Black Hills of South Dakota. MacFarland thinks the cougars are moving through Wisconsin to try and find a female cougar.

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