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DNR confirms cougar sighting in Fond du Lac County

Posted: 2:41 AM, Jan 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-24 08:41:14Z
DNR confirms cougar sighting in Fond du Lac Co.
DNR confirms cougar sighting in Fond du Lac Co.
DNR confirms cougar sighting in Fond du Lac Co.
DNR confirms cougar sighting in Fond du Lac Co.
DNR confirms cougar sighting in Fond du Lac Co.

The Department of Natural Resources confirmed trail camera photos of a cougar in Fond du Lac County. 

The photos were taken in early January.

DNR staff also confirmed a cougar moving through Lincoln and Langlade counties in mid-December. 

The December photos were taken on a property northeast of Merrill. They were taken on the same day with two separate trail cameras. 

A week later more photos were captured on a property south of Antigo. 

In January a cougar photo was confirmed near Rosendale. 

The DNR said the properties near Antigo and Merrill are about 23 miles apart and it is possible the photos may have captured the same cougar moving east. 

The DNR is reminding folks cougar sightings can be reported on their website

Biologists said there is currently no evidence cougars are breeding in Wisconsin. 

Cougars are a protected species in the state and hunting is not allowed. 

DNR officials said if you see a cougar make noise and throw rocks or sticks.