Wisconsin DNR warns hunters to watch for cougar

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State wildlife officials are warning deer hunters to keep an eye out for a cougar roaming west-central and northern Wisconsin.

Trail cameras have snapped photos of the animal three different times over the last month or so. The last photo came Nov. 8 near the Rusk-Taylor county line just east of Hawkins. Department of Natural Resources biologists believe the animal may now be in the Flambeau State Forest or in Price County.

They believe the cougar is a young male in search of territory and a mate. The DNR asks anyone who sees the cougar to contact the nearest DNR office or file a report through the agency’s online rare mammal observation form.

Agency biologists also are interested in photographs of the cougar’s tracks.