“Cougars that appear in Wisconsin are generally dispersing males from established populations further west. Currently, there is no evidence of a breeding cougar population in Wisconsin.”
Wisconsin has been buzzing the last few weeks as photos and videos have emerged of at least one cougar running around the state.
Footage of a big cat on the porch of a Brookfield home went wildly viral at the end of February. Now some more photos have emerged from Menomonee Falls. The Wisconsin DNR believes the two animals are one and the same.
“Cougars that appear in Wisconsin are generally dispersing males from established populations further west. Currently, there is no evidence of a breeding cougar population in Wisconsin,” the DNR wrote in a Facebook post.
For now, the Wisconsin DNR is recommending people in the area keep their pets indoors and not approach the animal. They’re also asking anyone else who sees the animal to report it to the DNR.
They’ll likely have a hard time convincing the public about the no breeding population part. In fact, many of the comments on the post reflected this opinion. Wisconsin and many neighboring states, like Michigan, have had rumors for years about populations of cougars, despite denials from state wildlife officials.
We’ll keep an eye on this story and let you know when and where this cougar shows up next.