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Wildlife Biologist Says Cougar Near Eden Unlikely


A wildlife biologist with the DNR’s Plymouth Service Center says it’s pretty unlikely that a cougar is in the Eden area of Fond du Lac County. Dan Weidert says he was first contacted by a man on August 19th who said he saw a cougar cross his driveway and in his pasture. He gave Weidert the name of another man who had a trail camera photo from July. Weidert says the photo is hard to judge, but based on other things in it including vegetation it’s too small to be a cougar.He says another photo of something on a cliff above a quarry is more likely a great horned owl. Weidert says if it is a cougar there’s not much to worry about because cougar or mountain lion attacks on humans are rare. Weidert says he couldn’t find any tracks and there were no reports of livestock loss. The DNR does have a website with information on reporting large mammal observations including cougars. Photos courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


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Anonymous commented on 11-Sep-2013 01:36 PM3 out of 5 stars
They keep saying they are not around, I had a hard time believing they were in the Town of Osceola area until I almost hit one with my car! I was told they are not in that area, well I beg to differ cause that was no house cat looking up over my car hood!
Anonymous commented on 13-Sep-2013 06:42 PM3 out of 5 stars
I must say that a few years back I saw what looked like a cougar also and called it in. I thought they would think I was goofy but the DNR said to me that they have been receiving calls and people have been saying the same thing. This was off of Hwy 151 on Cty C.

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